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Published Weekly at 154 West 4 «; t li St.. New York, N. Y.. by Variety. Inc. Annual subscription $T. Single roplrs. 20 cfnte. 
Entered as aecood class matter December 22, 1905. at the Post Office at New York, N. J., under the Act of March 3, 1179. 



No. 11 



NEW YORK CITY, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1921 



48 PAGES 




PICTURE SCANDAL 



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"BLUE SUNDAY" SONGS NOTEO SHOW MEN ^HUBERTS PAY $500,000 TO 



1ST CLEAN UP OR BE UNSUNG \ FACE TRIAL 



RECLAIM GARRICK, CHICAGO 



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ideville Managers 9 Protective Association on War- 
path Against Suggestive Lyrics — Two Listed to 
lie Ordered Out. 



- The "blue'* Blue Sunday songs 
via have to go out of vaudeville, as 
. Sui as the Vaudeville Managers' 
I protective Association hears their 
H^rics are off color. 
IK Two of the numbers have already 
I S>en listed for a passing whenever 
Sung in a vaudeville house that the 
V. M. P. A. know about. One of the 
numbers was ordered off a big time 
stage in New York last week, with 
the singer of the song told why. 
The number has an unusually sug- 
gestive lyric, made so raw in the 
nal lines of the chorus it has 
ught complaints Immediately 

m patrons to the house manage- 
ent wherever sung. 
Another number slated has a 

1 chorus last line almost as re- 
lent. 
The 'Blue Sunday" agitaticn ap- 

rs to have inspired lyrical writ- 

into lines that seem to shade be- 
een applause and suggestiveness, 
ith the point frequently brought 
t what may bo done on Sunday 

rdlcss of any law. 
In one house last week when a 
of this character was sung, the 

hestra chilled up immediately on 
e suggestive finish, while the gal- 
ry loudly laughed. 
A vaudeville manager and an im- 
rtant one in commenting upon 
is class of song attempting to 
me into vaudeville, said ho could 
understand why music publish- 

would accept lyrics of that nat- 

for singers. Informed that 

pe of lyric was known as a "stage 

ng'' with the chances it could not 

commercially sold as a song hit 
t was exploited by the publishers 

a rule to promote the remainder 

his catalog, the manager observed 
the*) Au Uj v.;^ u»t cttC^SftffC 

son why the "blue" lyrical nmu- 
f should not be put out. 



ERLANGER-SHUBERT 
TRUCE GOES^WRONG 

Phila. Bonehead Nearly Brings 
on a Squall at Stanley. 

Philadelphia, Feb. 2. 

Local film and show fans here arc 
still discussing the • ar-Dcmpsey- 
Brennan climax to the gladfest 
opening of the new Maslbuuni Stan- 
ley screen theatre last Friday even- 
ing. Shameless as the admission 
is, it was this feature of the Mast- 
baum jubilee that most tickled prac- 
tically all of those present. 

No one will say who first put the 
idea into the bonehead that pro- 
posed to make A. L. Erlanger and 
Lee Shubert, both present, shake 
hands. Those who entertained the 
idea saw the Jubilee potential with 
possibilities for a great corner in 
the peace market. Everybody pres- 
ent knew the bitterest commercial 
warfare had raged for yea-s betweon 
the two men. Everybody knew that 
the future of the showdom of the 
country theatrically could be made 
a thing for prodigious profit if the 
two factions could be moved to be- 

(Continued on page 2.) 



Sir Walter De Freece, 
Gerald du Maurier and 
jOther Directors Must 
Answer Charges 
Against Alliance Cor- 
poration — Promoters 
Accused by Investors 
Who Put Up $700,000 

$5,000,000 CONCERN 



London, Feb. 2. 

Hearing in the High Court on the 
writs issued against the directors 
of the Alliance Film Corporation has 
been set for a date immediately 
following Easter. There are 180 
eases, involving approximately 
$700,000, alleged to have been ob- 
tained from investors in stock of 
the corporation through fraudulent 
misrepresentation. 

In the prospectus of the Alliance 
Corporation, issued in 1919. the cap- 
italization was placed at 1,000,000 
pounds. Among other promises it 
contained ono to the effect that the 
company would enter into a con- 
tract with the First National Ex- 
hibitors to handle Alliance produc- 
tions in America; and it was esti- 
mated that the annual profits from 
sales in Great Britain would be 
34,000 pounds, while those from the 
Continent, United States, Canada 

(Continued on page 2.) 



Bonus Given to Jones, Linick & Schaeffer — Nego- 
t ; ating With Woods for Recovery of Studebaker 
— Two New Shubert Theatres in Chi. 



ER OF GREAT INDUSTRY 
FIGHTS FOR FREE SUNDAY 



NO HOPE FOR FARE 
CUT TO AID ACTORS 

Oscar Price, Formerly in R. R. 
Administration, Tells Why. 

Oscar Price, who was Director« 

(Jcneral of Railroads, when the 

Government took over the (railroads 
of the United States during the 
war, discussing the heavy expense 
constantly increasing fares entail 
upon touring theatrical organiza- 
tion, says the agitation on the part 
of managers to secure a special rate 
for theatrical organizations is a 
waste of time. He adds that it 
would be impossible for the rail- 
roads to make a rate for one in- 
dustry not applicable to others. 

Mr. Price states the United States 
Steel Corporation, the combined 
beef packing corporations and a 
number of others spend more money 
In railroad transportation in a year 
than all the theatrical companies 
put together, and if any tangible ef- 
fort were made to place the thea- 
trical industry on a preferred basis 
there would be an outcry from 
these corporations — not to mention 
the influence brought to bear to 
make it applicable to them aa well. 

Mr. Price does not think there la 
any relief in sight, but thinks pres- 
sure should be brought to bear from 
all angles for a general reduction in 
fares throughout the country. 



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VOTES WASTED 



■go Folk Given Ballots at Last 
Election. 



Albany, N\ Y.. Feb. 2. 
,J ' '• complete return* of the last 
action show that Mary Tiekford 

-ived one vote in this state for 
'"'dent; Charlie Chaplain, three 

Uovernor; William S. Hart and 
P« I'M a. one each for U. S. 
ffttor, and aome one cast a vote 

'I" lute .la. k London as Slate 

|lne< 



G. 



F. Johnson, Biggest Employer in Shoe Trade, 
Says Ban on Sunday Shows Is "Unwholesome, 
Unsafe and Unwise"— "Let Well Enough Alone." 



IIIMIIlAMl'TOX, N. Y., Feb. 2.— 
(iCorge t K Johnson, millionaire shoe 
manufacturer, threw a bomb into 
the camp of the faction that is agi- 
tating the prohibition or Sunday 
picture shows In Johnson City and 

Kndicotl last week win u he came 
out wholehear' •< ly in support of 

film entertainment* on' the Sabbath. 



The "joy killer**' did not believe 
Mr. Johnson wouid take the stand 
in favor of Sunday pictures and re- 
ceived quite a shock when the man- 
ufacturer announced he was abso- 
lutely In favor of screen entertain - 
rncntf o;i the Sabbath. 

Johnson, who is one of the fore* 
(Continued on. page 7.) 



BENEFICIAL CONVENTIONS 

Kansas City, Feb. 2. 
Although the Chamber of Com- 
merce of this city has definitely se- 
cured 47 conventions for thia city 
f>>r the ensuing year, an attempt 
will be made to more than double 
that number. In a report just la- 
sued it is tdiown that convention 
visitors here in 1920 spent over $5,- 
000,000, and with the National Con- 
vention of the American Legion aa 
one of the big ones for 1921 a record 
breaker is expected. Frank I. New- 
man, of the Newman theatres, rep- 
resents the amusement aection on 
the convention committee. 



CUT FILM SALARIES 

Chicago, F.-b. 2. 
The American Film Co., has cut 
all salaries 25 per cent., which re- 
sulted in the resignation of the Chi- 
cago Fx< hange manager and all 
salesmen. 



Chicago, Jfvh. 2. 

It is reported, in inside circles that 
the Shuberts have regained the 
(larrick here from Jones, Linick & 
Schaefer- at a premium of $600,000, 
probably the largest bonus ever paid 
for a theatrical leasehold. 

Lee Shubert, on hiH recent visit 
here, is- said to have closed a deal 
with Aaron J. Jones whereby J. L. 
& S. relinquished the 20-year lease 
that lirm had procured on the (Jar- 
rick, beginning in 1923, the Shu- 
berts taking over the 20-year ten- 
ancy on an agreement to pay the 
rent at the new figures and an added 
sum to J. L. & S. of $25,000 each 
year above the rental price agreed. 
This will about double the present 
rent the Shuberts are paying. 

The vaudeville- film firm thus 
turns a profit of half a million by 
two signatures, as it was not to take 
possession for several years. The 
original renewal of the (larrick lease 
had been proposed to the Shuberts 
at a considerable advance over the 
present rent, and Shuberf* held out 
for $5,000 a year less than the land- 
lords proposed. Jones, Linick & 
Schaefer heard of it and met the 
demand, signing the lease to takn 
effect on the expiration of the Shu- 
berts* tenancy without consulting 
with Shuberts. 

Shortly afterward a similar trick 
was turned by Lester Bryant, backed 
by A. H. Woods, and the Shuberts 
had the Studebaker stolen under 
their noses, leaving them represent- 
ed in the second largest city on tin? 
continent with the Princess and the 
Central, two small and remote 
houses. Lee Shubert came here and 
sought to lease, buy or build, but 
could 1 tad nothing satisfactory. He 
ia said to have then made Aaron 
Jones the proposition, and Jones is 
said to have acquiesced not because 
of the $500,000, but because of 
friendship, as he believes he would 
have netted two or threo times aa 
much by operating the house. 

The Garrick Is ideal for vaude- 
ville, being within a stone's throw 
of the Palace and State-Lake. It ia 
now the principal Shubert legitimate 
stand. 

The Shuberts are now negotiating 
for a similar deal with Woods, for 
the recovery of the Studebaker. 

Also the Shuberts have leased two 
sites on Clark street, opposite the 
Hotel Sherman, for two theatres, 
construction to start in 1928. 



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VARIETY'S LONDON OFFICE 
26 HANWAY ST., OXFORD ST., W. I. 



CABLES 






Friday, February 4, 1921 



CRUSADE AGAINST AMATEURS 
IS BEGUN BY A. A. IN ENGLAND 



Campaign Levelled at Wealthy Society Candidates 
for Stage — Propose Only Graduates Be Given 
Space on Bills. 

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London, Feb. 2. 

The Actors' Association has in- 
augurated a serious effort to clear 
Che stage of amateurs who work 
-for the fun of the thing," thereby 
filling space which otherwise would 
require the services of professionals 

As part of their campaign, the 
Association is seeking to make ar- 
rangements with all dramatic 
schools of standing for issuance of 
diplomas to efficient pupils, with- 
out whiel it would be impossible 
for amateur actors to receive pro- 
fessional engagements 

The action of the Actors' Associa- 
tion is direc d not so much against 
the "average" amateur as against 
the wealthier class of stage-struck 
people, some of whom have high' 
social standing and, with only a 
little experience in private theatri- 
cals, backed by money and the 
praise of their friends, think they 
are ready-make knockouts. There 
have been many of these cases in 
recent seasons, especially since so- 
ciety and off.cial leaders have seen 
themselves on the screen. 

It is the general impression that 
the Actors' Association will be suc- 
cessful in its campaign and receive 
the co-operation both of dramatic- 
Instructors and thoatro managers, 
although some of the latter are to 
blame for catering to the wealth 
and vanity of untalented aspirants 
for stage honors. 



LADY FORBES' COMEDY 

Titled Manageress Produce* "Lone 
ly Lady." 



BLACKTON TO OPERATE 
LONDON FILM THEATRE 



Bush Terminal Backing New 
Enterprise. 



London .Feb. 2. 

The Bush Terminal people are 
erecting a huge office and loft struc- 
ture in the Aldwych section of 
London, a portion of which is to be 
given over to a mammoth picture 
house. 

The cinema is to be conducted by 
Commodore J. Stuart Blackton, the 
former American film producer, 
who is settling in England and pro- 
poses to make pictures with Eng- 
lish scenery designed primarily, for 
the American^ market. 



AMERICAN ACTS OVER. 

May Ward and Rice and Werner 
Open in London. 



London. Feb. 2. 

At the Holborn Empire Monday 
May Ward and Rice and Werner 
started an English tou;-. 

Miss Ward did very big and 
seems s^t over he; e. Rice and 
Werner in their comedy turn scored 
so completely they were offered con- 
tracts for a jear after ha first per- 
formance. 

Freeman Rernstein, who Is In 
London, secured the booking for his 
wife, Miws Ward. 



LAUDER GETS OVATION 
AT LONDON REOPENING 



Comedian Holds Palace Stage 

Hour and Half — Americans 

Score. 



London, Feb. 2. 

The return of Harry Lauder to 
the Palace Monday, under the Wil- 
liam Morris' management, was a 
tremendous success. The comedian 
held the stage for more than an 
hour and a half, singing new and 
old songs and talking. During one 
song he upbraided the audience for 
being "conventional and afraid to 
let themselvet go." After this the 
entire house sang the choruses of 
his songs lustily. 

Lauder had to make a speech, 
after a delegation of Scotch soldiers 
had presented him with floral trib- 
utes. During the presentations he 
greeted members of the audience 
by name and told personal stories 
about them. 

The supporting 'program is a fine 
one, especially the American, Bob 
Anderson and his pony; Parish and 
Peru and Taylor's "Dream Stars," 
a musical sketch. Others on the bill 
enthusiastically received were Mis- 
quette and Maxley, dancers; Six 
Highlanders, and Manchu Troupe, 
Chinese band balancers and jug- 
glers. 



THREECLOSING 

No Successes in London Yet An- 
nounced for Tour. 



London, Feb. 2. 

"The Knight of the Burning 
restle," the comedy runolng at the 
Kingsway for over a month, and 
"The Romantic Age," at the Play- 
house, ended Jan. 29. Their succes- 
sors have not been announced. 

"A Southern Maid'* will wind up 
at Daly's shortly, and be followed 
immediately by "Sybil," now on a 
successful provincial tour. 



4 NEW LONDON PRODUCTIONS 
OPEN WITHIN TWO WEEKS 



Marie Lohr and Constance Collier in Dramatic 
Offerings— Play by H. G. Wells and St. John 
Irvine — "Sybil" Going In. 

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BELASCO'S "COMEDIAN" 




London, Feb. 2. 

In America "The Lonely Lady," in 
whleh Lady Forbes-Robertson 
(Gertrude Elliott), presented her- 
self and company at the Duke of 
York's Jan. 24, probably /ould be 
called "The Golf Widow/' It is a 
comedy in thr* e acts and was well 
received, through the popularity 
and good acting by the titled man- 
ageress. 

Tho story deals with a golf 
maniac, so Jealous of his wife he 
will not permit her to indulge in her 
favorite hobby, dancing. She ad- 
vertise for a male companion to re- 
lieve the monotony. The husband, 
discovering her memorandum pad. 
has one of his friends answer The 
pair meet at the Savoy, ./here the 
friend acts such a blackguard tho 
lonely lady only escapes by giving 
him her pearl necklace as ransom. 
That evening he and two other men 
are her husband's guests it dinner. 
There tho hero of the ad pretends 
to find her necklace and returns it. 
Privately, he lectures the husband, 
with tho result the latter agrees to 
indulge his wife's dancing crare and 
i -^ Ion golf during i tri. l o Swit- 
erland. 

It Is a mixture of drama and com- 
edy, not at all convincing. 

In the cast are two professional 
actor-peers, Earl Cowlay an. I Lord 
Lyveden. '"he latter gives i excel- 
lent performane, as the lonely 
lady's father-in-law. 



A BEECHAM ON TRIAL 

London, Feb. 2. 
Henry Beet ham, a brother of Sir 
Thomas Deet ham, has been commit- 
ted to await trial on a charge of 
manslaughter. The charge Is the 
outgrowth of a fatal motor accident, 
responsibility for which ,s denied 
by Hcecham. 



Holds Rights Over Here 
For New Guitry Play 



BRANSBY WILLIAMS IN LEGIT 

London, Feb. 2. 
Bransby Williams is planning to 
forsake vaudeville for the legitimate 
to play a repertoire of Dickens 
pieces, also "The Bed Lamp," play- 
ing the role created by Tree. He 
will open at Birkenhead some time 
early in May. 



Paris, Feb. 2. — A number of the 
New York legitimate producers 
have cabled direct or through 
agents for the American rights to 
Sacha Guitry's new play, "The 
Comedian," which opened here 
recently. 

The U. S. and Canadian rights to 
the play has been vested In David 
Belasco for some time past. 



THEATRE MEETING 
BARS SUNDAY SHOW 

Bourchier's Plan Strongly Op- 
posed — Shaw in Lead 
Against It. 

London, Feb. 2. 

Arthur Bourchier, at a theatrical 
mass meeting, again put forward 
his Sunday opening scheme. He 
pointed to special charity shows and 
the picture uouscs to back his the- 
ories, saying that Sunday perform- 
ances would find new actors and 
new authors, but that actors must 
not be forced. 

'This argument Is taken here as a 
sign of the weakness of Bourchier's 
scheme. The public pay to seo fa- 
vorites, not newcomers and under- 
studies. 

Bourchier argued that, with Sun- 
day performances, Monday night 
shows might be dispensed with, al- 
lowing touring companies to travel 
in comfort Monday. Monday Is now 
one of the best nights in the week 
for road shows. 

The Actors' Association and other 
unions oppose the scheme, their po- 
sition being vigorously backed up 
by George Bernard Shaw. 

After considerable discussion, 
most of which was in opposition to 
the Bourchier plan, the scheme was 
turned down by the meeting. 



PETE WISER DIES. 



American Actor Passes Away 
Operating Table. 



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London, 1-Yh. j, 

Four Important openings are 
slated for the early part of Feb* 
ruary. the first of which will be 
Marie Lohr's production of "The 
Hour and the Man," by II. A. Vac* 
hell and J. C. Snaith. It will have 
its premiere at the Globe on Fen, 
11, closely following ••Fedora,* 
which winds up its engagement 
there after 111 performances, Fe\>, 
5. Miss Lohr announces that she 
has secured another new play 
"LTnconnu," by Louis Verneuil. 

"The Fulfilling of the Law," a 
Harold Terry play with Constance 
Collier in the l«ad. will have its 
first presentation in a proving 
house Feb. 14, and then will be 
brought into the Garrick, London ' 

"Tho Wonderful Visit," by H. rj. 
Wells and St. John Irvine, will be 
opened at St. Martins Feb. 10, mic- 
ceeding "The Skin Game." 

"A Southern Maid" finishes at 
Daly's Feb. 5, after 300 performan- 
ces, and "Sybil" will be brought 1* 
about Feb. 15. 



HARRY M0UNTF0RD IS 
NOW BOOKING AGENT 



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Handling Club Entertainments 

fror A. A. F. Offices—, 

Oppo::':ion to DeVeaux? 



ONE DAY FOR FUND 



"THE CIRCLE" IN MARCH 

London, Feb. 2. 
"Mary Rose" is finishing at the 
Ilaymarket, after 400 performances, 
and is to be followed March 3 by 
"Tho Circle," a new play by W. 
Somerset Maugham. 



ACT APPEALS FROM JUDGMENT 

London, Feb. 2. 

Scott and \\ baby have appealed 
from the judgment recorded against 
them in the "Me and My Girl" ease 
by which Ihey ware ordered to \n\y 
Henschi w 6,000 pounds. 

Ordered to file securities to cover 
the cost of their appeal, the act's 
counsel declared that if the judg- 
ment could be dismissed, the bank- 
ruptcy proceedings against Scott 
and Whaley also could be, as the 
official receiver had repotted that 
Henechell wai practically the only 
creditor. 



JENNIE LEE'S RETURN 

London, Feb. 2. 
Jennie Lee, the original Poor Jo 
in Dickens' Bleak House," when 
produced at no Globe many years 
ago, is to return, reappearing at a 
matinee at the Lyric Feb. 7. 



BEATRICE BECKLEY SELECTED 

London, Feb. 2. 

Beatrice Bei :kley has been chosen 
to play the tit e role of "Mary, 
Queen of Scots,' when produced 
here "h Opening date will be In 
the near future 

John Drlnkwater, the author, Is 
now in \ nv 1 lea t'l supei ■ ! ■ t « - 
hear .1 la f"i (lie Am< fit an ;■: • i I 
Uon. 



TRANSFER NO CANCELLATION. 

Faris, Jan. 19. 

An important deeision has been 
handed down by the local courts 
relative to the transfer of the Cigale 
from Flateau to Jacques Richepin. 
The former In December. 1919, en- 
gaged Fierade for two years at 
1,400 franca per month to play in 
revues, but in June, 1920, the house 
was taken over by Richepin as a 
legitimate theatre. 

The performer fierade thereupon 
claimed 25,000 francs for non-exe- 
cution of contrart by Flateau and 
won. 



GOULD RETAKES MOGADOR. 

Faris, Jan. 19. 

Jay Gould, who has been con- 
nected with the Mogador theatre 
since it was first built as tho p a l- 
ace« and who recently granted a 
lease for operetta to Zibell and 
Soulie, has bought out tho former'** 
share- and will co-operate In tho 
direction with Soulie. as general 
manager, 

The Mogador has" been doing good 
business recently with revivals of ! 



Theatre People Enthusiastic Over 
Haig Plan. 



London, Feb. 2. 

General Sir Douglas Haig's "War- 
rior Day" movement has been adopt- 
ed with enthusiasm by the the- 
atrical profession. 

It Is to have the theatres give the 
total proceeds of one show, on a day 
to be selected, to a fund for ex-serv- 
ice men. 

The benefit performances prob- 
ably will be held in March. 



London, Feb. 2. 
Pete Wiser, an American actor 
who played here In "Potash and 
Perlmutter" and other productions 
imported from the United States. 
died under a surgeon's knife in a 
hospital here Jan. 27. He was un- 
dergoing an operation on the 
abdomen. 



"HANKY PANKY JOHN" OVER 

London, Feb. 2. 

"Hanky Panky John" was suc- 
cessfully produced at the Playhouse 
Jan. 31 by Stanley Logan, succeed- 
ing "The Romantic Age." 

It ie an excellent piece of work, 
though not a particularly original 
farce. 



ERLANGER-SHUBERT TRUCE. 

(Continued from page 1.) 

come one and act In common against 
the market. 

In the emotions of the Mastbaum 
inaugural celebration came the con- 
cept to tho bonehead of reconcili- 
ation. Before tho principals knew 
what was being pulled. Erlanger 
and Shubert found themselves fac- 
ing earh other with friends at 
either side holding out the Er- 
langer and Shubert hands in the 
proffer of a shake of friendship. 

After that no one's memory of 
What occurred is quite clear. A 
majority of those near the center 
the ring say it was Erlanger's fist 
that doubb d first, but others aver 
that the digits of Lee, even while 
being held for tho reconciliation, 
were already puckered pugnaciously. 

Anyway the proposed reconcilia- 
tion ended in a struggle to keep the 
men apart. 



Jenny Passama, opera singer 
(she created the role of the mother 
in "Louise," tho 600th performance 
of which has Just been leek brated at 
tho Opera Comique, Paris). 



popular opera» 



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PEGGY CNEIL 

SAVOY THEATRE, 



ENGLISH FILM SCANDAL 

(Continued fr»)m page 1.) 

and other British colonies would 
aggregate 80,000 pounds. 

To date no productions aavc been 
offered by the Alliance, although 
Matheson Lang's "Carnival" is 
promised for a trade showing early 
in March. 

The original directors of the Al- 
liance were: 

Sir Walter De Freeee, Member of 
Parliament, managing director of 
the Variety Theatres Controlling 
Co., and husband of Vesta Tilley; 
(braid I)u Maurbr. aetor-mannger; 
Charles Highams, Member of Par- 
liament and advertising exp^-l; Al- 
fred Charles Hunter, described as 
technical manager for Fox films; 
Walter Hutchinson, partner in a 
publishing firm; A. IS. Mathews, ac- 
tor and managing director of the 
r.ritish Actors' Association; Alfred 
Baldwin Raper. Member of Parlia- 
ment and a wealthy timber mer- 
chant, and Walter Crotch, who now 
is being held by tho police in con- 
nection with charges, growing out 
of the Farrow* Bank smash. 

Charles Hl/hams has retired from 
the board and Du Maurier wanted 
io, but was not permitter. to do so. 
He has taken no active interest in 
(he corporation lately, howcv< r. Sir 
Walter Do Freeee, whose name had 
magnetic powr in attracting inves- 
tors to what premised to be one Of 
the blggeflt film ventures in the his- 
tory of British amusements, sought 



That Harry Mountford has be* 
come a booking agent came out 
when he supplied a bill last week 
for some union organization's pri« 
vate entertainment in New York. 

Mountford furnished the acts. II 
is said, after solicitation by him, 
and it is also said that while 
Mountford would ot evade a gen« 
eral booking business of that class, 
he is specializing on union enter- 
tainments, a field for some year* 
held by the Harry DeVeaux organ*, 
ization. now known as the Interna* 
tional Actors* Association. The De« 
Veaux cooking annex has been rec* 
ognized by labor unions as their 
chief fun provider and DeVeaux haa 
been given about the exclusive call 
for that special entertainment. 

The Mountford acts are engaged 
out of the A. A. F., Mountford's an< 
nex of the Actors' Equity, witti 
Mountford also an A. A. F. official, 
He is reported making an activrf 
campaign to secure commission If 
furnish "club" shows, but wita' 
sparse results. 



ETHEL LEVEY'S PRESENT 
FOR BREAKING RECORD 

Takes Box Office Score at Pal- 
ace—Gets $500 Extra. 



LONDON 



t to get out of the Alliance, but was 
I persuaded t" remain. 



That Ethel Levey had broken all 
box olfice records last week at the 
Palace, New York, was reported 
Monday. Eater in tho w T eek it wai 
said that w hen Miss Levey's envelop* 
containing $2,500 was sen., back 
staere to her on the final show Sun* 
day evening $500 was ordered added 
to the amount by E. F. Albee, who 
also instructed that Misa Levey*! 
incidental expense aeeour.t, includ- 
ing a charge for a harpist in the 
orchestra, special rehearsal »nd 
other small Items amounting ■ 
about $350 bo charged against tW 
theatre. 

Miss Levey and her daughter, 
Georgette Cohan, left New York thi« 
week for a month's stay at. Pal* 

Beach, 

When Miss Levey n tl rns norta 
she may play three weeks At ^ h 
Orpheum, Brooklyn, Keiths, Phil- 
adelphia, and Keith's, Wa-hingtjj 
before sailing again for Kafiaa 
Mareh 21 r 

Miss Levey cannot ' on * (| 

time over here b- untflP 

1 in England. 



|«!P*P!PPPIK*m!iV«|i mi i iii.iiir 

Friday, February 4, 1921 



VAUDEVILLE 



3= 



ORPHEUM EARNS $4.25 A SHARE; 

AMUSEMENT ISSUES ARE WEAK 

■ 

Beck Circuit Does Gross Business of $15,563,814, Shown by Annual Financial 
Statement — Famous Off 56 1-4 — Look for Lower Prices Between Now and 
March 4, Then Long Bull Campaign. r 



BILL BARRING "SPECS" FROM 
SIDEWALKS PASSES N. Y. SENATE 



Walton Measure Makes Outdoor "Barking" Misde- 
meanor — Another One to Limit Profits to 50 
Cents — Tax on White Way Signs Planned. 



The annual financial report of 
the Orpbeum Circuit, sent out to 
stockholders this week, showed net 
earnings after payment of 8 per 
cent, on the $6,000,000 of outstand- 
ing preferred, all charges and Fed- 
eral taxes of $2,336,958, which means 
a net profit applicable to dividends 
on the 550,000 shares of common 



double that at the time of its acqui- 
sition by Loew's, Inc. 

"It is our experience that even In 
periods of drastic reduction in other 
lines of business low price amuse- 
ments such as ours have continue^ 
to do business profitably. There Is 
every indication that the present 
year will be one of continued and in- 



stock outstanding of about $125.' creasing prosperity for this com- 

Variety predicted this item of profits 

last week at $4 a share of common 

or $2,200,000. The company showed 

a gross income of $13,563,S14. and 

paid out in artists' salaries and Him 

service a total of $5,575,569. 

In spite of this showing — more 
than twice the amount of the regu- 
lar dividend disbursement on the 
common — Orpheum was barely 
steady in the early part of the week 
going from better than 28 last week* 
to 27 on Tuesday. Trading was 
dull in pretty much all the amuse- 
ment shares, with Famous Players - 
lAsky common displaying special 
weakness. Wednesday just at noon 
the quotation was 66*^, as again* 4 , 
the high last week of 59. Loew held 
steady around Mtt 01141 • after 
moving up to better than 18 last 
week. 

The Loew people sent out an an- 
nual balance sheet and income ac- 
count to its stockholders disclos- 
ing the situation in the treasurer's 
office as of date Aug. 31, 1920. It 
showed earnings well in excess of 
the regular common stock dividend, 
but was unsatisfactory in that it re- 
flected only the condition of five 
months ago. A good deal of water 
has gone over Niagara Falls since 
then, and the stockholders probably 
wished to have more definite infor- 
mation of the Jan. 1, 1921, state of 
affairs. 

However, the report is entirely 
regular. If Loew chooses to hold its 
annual stockholders' meeting in 
midsummer the conventional method 
Is to make its fiscal year in relation 
to that date and its annual report of 
financial conditions would coincide. 

The statement shows a consoli- 
dated net income, besides all charges 
and estimated income and excess 
profit taxes, of $2,868,360 covering 
the period between Oct. 19. 1919, and 
Aug. 21, 1920, approximately nine 
months. This would indicate a rate 
of $3 60 per share applicable to 
dividends on the 1.050,000 shares of 
common, as against the regular divi- 
dend rate of $2 a year. / 

Total gross income for the nine 
months was $21,060,672. and total 
expenditures were $16,684,869. The 
cost of operating theatres, which 
presumably includes the salaries 
Paid to artists, Is shown as $13,101,- 
I 441. The net Loew, Inc., income 
^previously quoted does not include 
the item of $810,000 net profit which 
belongs to "co-operative interests," 
Including Canadian and other cor- 
porations in which lyoew's, Tnc, Is a 
■tockholder. 

Accompanying the financial state- 
ment Is a letter from the company, 
which says In part: 

"It will be noted that the earnings 
of the corporation since its organi- 
zation Oct. 18. 1919. have been ap- 
proximately twice the amount of tire 
dividends paid at the rate of 50 
cents each quarter declared on the 
■tock. 

"In spite of the present financial 
and Industrial depression, the busi- 
ness for the current year fs showing 
a healthy increase over the corre- 
«Pondlng period of last year. Com- 
parative operations of Hie same 
theatres for 1019 and lf»?n show a 
gain of 26 per cent, in net profit 
The newly acquired theatres are 
showing satisfactory increases in 
their current business. 

"Metro Pictures Corporation has 
proven to ho a very valuable acqui- 
sition to T.oow's, Tnc. It has placed 
Loew's in a position of controlHnff 
«n Important portion* of i's products 
from t!ie source to the ultimate con- 
■uitter, Independent of outside con- 
editions. The current earnings of the 
Metro corporation are more than 



JEOOY WALDMAN 

"hi Si*** Harmonica Player, Assisting 

. K V A T A N (1 IT A Y 

I -N Jl K R, NEW ACT 



pany. 

Practically nothing has come out 
regarding the movements in Cold- 
»vyn, and the stock has not been re- 
ported in the commercial reporting 
company's lists for a week. 

Triangle is sluggish, with sales in 
minor blocks steady at 7-16, or 
about 44 cents a share. 

In a letter to the Orpheum stock- 
holders, sent out as part of the an- 
nual rei>ort, Martin Beck, president, 
says: 

"The present year will see the 
completion and opening of the new 
theatres of large seating capacity at 
San J^rancisco, Los Angeles, Kansas 
City, Minneapolis and Oakland. 
Trtiese additional theatres, to be 
known as Junior Orpheum houses, 
will not only greatly increase our 
earnings, but will be important links 
in our chain. The new Orpheum at 
New Orleans will open Feb. 7, and 
with the advantage it will have over 
the old Orpheum in location and 
seating capacity should show de- 
cidedly increased earnings." 

The David Wark Griffith Com- 
pany has just paid its first dividend 
amounting to 1 per cent, quarterly. 
The stock ts not listed anywhere, 
but has been traded in on the Curb. 
It is understood that a financial re- 
port covering its operations since its 
organization early last fall will soon 
be put out. It is expected to show a 
large profit on "Way Down East." 
which has been placed among its as- 
sets. It Is pointed out that although 
the capitalization is large, every ef- 
fort has been made to protect in- 
vestors by life insurance policies on 
Griffith, who, of course, is the prin- 
cipal asset of riio organization. 

As to the present aspect and the 
Immediate future of the general 
stock market (discussed in this 
place because of its sympathetic ef- 
fect upon the amusement securities) 
there is a good deal of uncertainty 
as usual. As Variety figured it sev- 
eral weeks ago, the*short account 
has" been pretty well liquidated 
around current levels. Also old 
weak holders have been shaken out 
and the professional speculative 
community is almost entirely out of 
the market on the long side. 

Since that view was expressed, 
however, the list has advanced 
pretty substantially. As usurl the 
public does not quite realize that 
the price level is well over the pre- 
-holiday low. This is characteristic 
of the amateur who bases his views 
on the newspaper reports of busi- 
ness conditions. Having digested 
the current advance and become 
used to the advance he looks to the 
business reports for his ettimation 
of future market movements.* 

The news columns lately have 
been generously supplied with bull- 
ish argument in the settling down of 
the labor situation and th~ revival 
of numerous interests, and it is said 
that there is a public participation 
in to-day's market. 

The public being in It would seem 
that the bears would be likely to 
attempt another campaign on the 
short side. Probably the reasc a for 
tho shrew speculator beyng out of 
the market .just now is his belief 
that big Wall stree*. Interest* will 
make one more bear drive before 
tho market is allowed to begin a 
substantial upturn over a lo: t 
period. One keen successful specu- 
lative trader closely in touch with 
his own circle of operators lias ex- 
pressed this view to Variety, with 
the additional comment: 

"The bears will tako another 
profit before the market will be 
left free to take a;i upward course. 
it is going to take something sub- 
stantial on the bull side to f;et the 
start. As I see the situation, that 
will be an actual change of adminis- 
tration policy in Washington. This 
is due March i, when the new Re- 



publican president will be inaugu- 
rated and the new Congress will get 
under way. My guess is that the 
bears will bring their campaign* to 
its climax roughly about the second 
week in February. When they have 
Jockeyed the market down they 
cover and then jump to the long 
side and load up on stocks for a 
long pull. 

"To be sure I put the time of the 
probable end of the decline in Feb- 
ruary, but do not think prices will 
sink to the level touched before on 
a pure 'hunch/ When the drive wi'l 
begin I wouldn't dare guess. There 
are certain spots in the lis' which 
indicate that it has already got un- 
der way, but tlie big slam ma/ come 
to-morrow or may be delayed a' 
week. I've been playing the board 
for 10 years and I do not attempt 
to outguess Wall street any more, 
even if I am playing with their 
money. However, I do not believe 
prices will get down to the roc'., bot- 
tom they touched the day before 
Christmas." 

The summary of transactions Jan. 27 to 
Feb. 2 inclusive are as follows: 

8TOCK EXCHANGE. 

Thursday— Sales. High. Low, Ijiat Ch*. 

Fam. Play-L.. 400 67^4 87 r.T — % 

Loew, Inc 1200 16% 16% lft\.. 

Orpheum 1100 27# 27Vs 27'i — ft 

Chi. ago sold 100 Orpheum at 27'-*.. 

Fnday — % 

Fam. Play-L.. '800 57% 50% 57 .. 

Loew. Inc 2200 16% 16% 16%.. 

Saturday— 

Fam. Play-L.. 100 57% 57% 57% f % 

Loew. Inc 100 16% 16% 16%.. 

Orpheum 100 27% 27% ^7%.. 

Monday — 

Fam. Play-L. . 560 58% 57% r.7% + % 

Loew. Inc 2200 16% 16% \(l\ .. 

Orpheum* 400 27% 27% 27% — % 

Tuesday— 

Fnm. Play-L.. 300 57 56% 50% — 1 

Do. pf 200 80% 80 80 — % 

Loew, Inc 200 16% 16% 1«% .. 

Orpheum 100 27 27 27 — % 

Iloston sold 150 Orpheum at 27. 

"Wednesday— 

Fam. Play-L.. 400 56% 56 56% — % 

Loew. Inc 400 16% ]fi% lfl^.. 

Orpheum 100 27 27 27 . . 

THE CURB. 

Thursday— Sales. His*. Low. Last Chg\ 
Tnanjrle 100 A A i'« •• 

* ndsy— 
Triangle 1000 A A A-. 

Saturday— 
Triangle 1006 A A A .. 

Monday- 
No sale* reported. 

Tuesday- 
Triangle tee A A A .. 

Wednesdsy 
No sales reported. 



2 CENSORSHIP BILLS 
UP IN HOOSIER STATE 



DENY PICKFORD LICENSE 

Arrested Three Times in California 
for Speeding During 1920. 

Los Angeles. Feb. I. 
An automobile license has been 
refused Jack Plckford for 1021. 
During 1020 he wai arrested three 
times for speeding In this state. 



Reform Forces Have Strong 
Support in Legislature. 



Indianapolis, Feb. 2. 
A second bill for the establish- 
ment of State censorship of pictures 
has een intro .uced in th„ Indiana 
General Asset* : ly, now in s. .slon 
here. The first bill, introduced last 
week, woulu create a State picture 
commission, composed of three 
members appointed by the Gov- 
ernor, with power to say whether or 
not a . . shall be exhibited in the 
State and to chart,, producers li- 
cense fees for examination of their 
films. The other bill provides prac- 
tically the e Kit nam s 
the State treasurer, the State super- 
intendent of public Instruction nnd 
the lieutenant governor as mem- 
bers, ex-ofilclo. 

An inkling of the strength of 
the "blue law" crowd with the Leg- 
islature was giver when a bill to 
prohibit the holding of athletic or 
sporting events to which admission 
is charged on Memorial Day failed 
of passage in the Senate b> the 
bare margin of one vote. 'This was 
all the more unexpected because it 
was an open secret that the bill 
was aimed at ihe suppression of 
the annual 500-mile sweepstakes 
held on tho Indianapolis Motor 
Speedway each Memorial Day. The 
Speedway people can wield a lot 
of influence, 

I 

Albany, N. Y. Feb. 2. 
Delegates of the Women's Na- 
tional Sabbath Alliance were in the 
New York State Capitol with \ bill 
to prevent persons from bathing on 
Sunday. Although several legisla 



Albany, Feb. 1. 
The Walton bill, making outdoor 
vending or "barking" illegal by 
ticket speculators, passed the Sen* 
ate to-day and Is to be followed at 
once by a twin measure, introduced 
by the same Senator, limiting profit 
on theatre tickets to 50 cents each. 
That it, too, will pass is practically 
a certainty. 

The second measure will be am 
amendment to the general business 
law and provides for one year or a 
fine of not more than $1,000 for any 
person or firm that sells tickets at 
more than 50 centa more than its 
face value. It has been reported 
favorably by the senate committee 
on the Judiciary. 

A new bill affecting the amuse- 
ment business has Just been intro- 
duced by Assemblyman Flynn* 
Democrat of the Bronx. 

It calls for a heavy Impost on out* 
of-door advertising such as bill- 
boards, wall or fences "and adver- 
tising devices." at a rate that would 
put a fearful crimp in the White 
: Light district. Theatre front electrio 
I signs or bills would be exempt on * 
display on the actual theatre ad- 
vertising its own show, but other 
show billing would be taxed. 

The rate of tax is set in these 
terms: "In a borough or city of the 
first class having by the last state 
census a population of 700,000 (this 
is the up-state nifty when it wants 
to pin the bee on New York City and 
no other town) such tax for the firet 
nine square feet shall be 60 cents a 
square foot, and for the next nine 
square feet or any portion thereof 
at the rate of 00 cents a square foot 
and for the next nine square feet or 
any portion thereof and for all In 
excess of such area at the rate of 
$1.20 cents a square foot" 

The rate for smaller cities Is 
graded downward according to pop- 
ulation, so that Middletown, N. Y, 
can erect a great white way of elec- 
trical novelties and blossom forth In 
collar and underwear 51 -sheets 



t Hi were buttonholed, no solon was 

foolish enough to champion the , wUhout paying anything to the state 



latest cause of the "Blue lav " ad 
vocates. 



treasury 



CIRCUS SAVED FROM FIRE. 

St. Louis, Feb. 2. 

The quick work of Joe Mcdcalf, 
elephant trainer during a tire at 
Lancaster, Mo., where the Yankee 
Robinson Circus is wintering, re- 
sulted in much circus paraphernala 
and several wagons being saved 
from the flames. 

The fire had destroyed a black- 
smith shop and garage, and v/aa 
threatening the quarters occupied by 
the circus, when Medcalf, with the 
aid of two elephants, moved the 
circus' property to a safety zone. 




EASTMAN COMMON 
JUMPS FORTY POINTS 



Expected Dividend Causes* a 
Wild Scramble for Shares. 

Rochester, N. Y., Feb. 2. 

Common stock of the Eastman 
Kodak Co. Jumped 40 points on the 
local market the other day, from 
540 to 600, and* next day it went up 
five points at a time to 625. Great 
excitement was caused In financial 
circles here as the price advanced 
under Insistent calls from New York 
for stock. The reason given for the 
demand Is said to be that at its an- 
nual meeting soon the company will 
declare a stock dividend. 

Kodak common is now paying 
2% regular and 7V» per cent, extra 
quarterly and is regarded as the 
most consistent best paying stock 
in tho country. The highest point 
reached by it was in 11*14, when it 
went to 711. As the company le 
not In need of money it would look 
ae if this possible increase would 
be in the nature of a melon to 
stockholders In the form of large 
stock dividend. 



Alice SHELDON and DAILEY Lou 

"NIFTY SONGS AT THE PIANO" 

Appearing this week (Jan. .11 », at B. F. Keith's Jefferson Theatre, X. 
Next Week (l''eb.7>, B. F. Keith's Riverside. 

THOS. J. FITZrATUJCK. If taking care of our future. 



Y. 



LOEW TREASURER 
AND $2,000 MISSING 

St. Louk Pofc<;«Afe Hunting 
Young Box- Office Man. 

St. I.ouis, Feb. 2. 

The local police are seeking John 
Thlos, L'U, treasurer of Loew's Gar- 
rWk. With the discovery of the 
young man's disappearance, it also 
was found J'J.OOQ of the theatre's 
funds- arc mlHsing and, according to 
♦he police, irregtilai tiles have been 
found lr» his books. 

A description of Thies. with a re- 
quest for his rfrrest, has been sent 
to Milwaukee, it being reported to 
the police that he went there to 
visit an actress. The tatter's name 



VAUDEVILLE 



Friday, February 4, lj 



3x; 



SHUBERTS' NEW VAUDEVILLE 
EXCITES COMMENT GENERALLY 



Ascher Brothers, Chicago, Reported Possibility — 
Fox Still Non-Committal — Shubert Vaudeville 
Stock May Be Underwritten — Other Reports. 



Chicago, Feb. 2. 

- Ascher Brothers, the powerful and 
growing vaudeville and film theatre 
owners, associated with Goldwyn 
and the du Pont a, are said to have 
allied themselves with the new Shu- 
bert opposition vaudeville circuit. 

The mutual connection of du Pont 
money gives plausibility to the 
story. K. J. Bowes, a director in 
the Shubert-Advanced vaudeville 
project, has been here twice recent- 
ly in consultation with Nate Ascher, 
and will be here again next week. 

The Asehers now have their pala- 
tial Chateau, their brand new West 
Englewood and their new house in 
Peoria in vaudeville, booked 
through Pantagcs on an arrrange- 
uient known to be temporary only. 
The Chateau is a large theatre in a 
fine residence neighborhood, regard- 
ed as ideal for the best style of 
vaudeville. Peoria is also thought 
big enough to stand a two-a-day 
high-priced policy. The West 
Knglcwood is not regarded as figur- 
ing in the new deal, and the new 
Itoosevelt on State street is being 
rnmpleted without a stage. But six 
new houses, oae la Rockford and 
the others in Chicago at strategic 
neighborhood points, are in contem- 
plation. One house, already ground- 
leased will be on Washington street, 
in the heart of town. 

The capital which has so rapidly 
lifted the Asehers into power and 
prominence is known to be solidly 
behind these building ventures, and 
there is a fund of millions lying in 
local banks awaiting suitable build- 
ing conditions for breaking ground. 
The Ascher houses, especially the 
Peoria theatre, are already young 
storm centers of keenly competitive 
bookings hereabouts. 



Boston, Feb. 2. 
The general dope about town is 
that the Shuberts will pick out the 
?.IaJestic for vaudeville, if nothing 
happens to Sheir plans to launch 
BUCh a venture. This bouse, ideally 
t 'mated, has not been a big money 

i taker for peroral saa.ohi with 

h ritimate shows. The Boston op- 
« x ouse is considered to be a bii 
too far out for big time. The same 
is true of the Arlington, another 
uptown bouse the shuberts have 
under lease and which now is hous- 
ing a stock company. 



Philadelphia. Feb. 4. 
it has boon announced that the 
Siiuberts will devote the historic- 
old Chestnut street opera house to 
vaudeville. 

Syracuse, N. Y.. Feb. 2. 
The Shuberts, in connection with 
their entry into the vaudeville field, 
have no intention of erecting a 
vaudeville house in Syracuse, the 
home of the Shuberts. Dec Shubert 
made this plain in a talk over the 
long-distance telephone this week. 
Jyoe advertised that Shubert vaude- 
ville was possible for Syracuse 
provided the firm could secure a 
suitable house here. lie denied the 
Shuberts wre seeking the Empire, 
on which the K. and E. lease expires 
March 20, after which Erlanger will 
send his output to the Bast able 
here. % 

- . ... 

Baltimore, Feb. 2. 

If the Shuberts intend to play 
vaudeville at the Academy of Music. 

...t will result in a legal tangle ■ t d ^.^ ,^ t u . r( , k |0 
throughly <1 Sehanucrgcr. holder of j WJ . ji( . lh< ^huhvn vaudeville 
the Keith franchise with big time at 
the Maryland, alleging the Shuberts 
can not play attractions anywhere 
here under his booking agreement 
with them, excepting at the Audi- 
torium and Lyceum. Both of these 
houses are controlled by Schan- 
berger. 

The booking contract held by 
Schaubergcr With the Shuberts is 
for five years and expires in 19^5 

The Shuberts are reported to have 
paid $500,000 for the Academy when 
purchasing it some time ago. The 
Shuberts do not take possession un- 
til 1923. Meanwhile it plays the 
K. & E. shows. 

The "Advanced Vaudeville" 
plunge by the Shuberts and their 
associates In the recently capital - 
taed $20,000,000 vaudeville corpora- 



tion is especially designed to carry 
with it new vaudeville features and 
acts to be built and put on by the 
Shuberts themselves. 

In the last 10 years of Winter 
Garden shows the Shuberts have a 
mine of material for such usage. 
For use in the produced acts for 
Shubert time it is claimed that 
most of the settings originally em- 
ployed can b« made available with 
but few changes. The production 
end is therefore regarded as one not 
calling for an exceptionally large 
additional expenditure. 

Another important angle from the 
Shubert end is that such alts will 
carry players under contract to the 
managers. With the produced turn 
having a set salary, a profit is ex- 
pected to attain for the production 
department, whether the act may be 
playing in a Shubert owned or con- 
trolled house or in other theatres to 
use Shubert booked bills. 

Jimmie Jacobs Approached. 
The Shuberts are reported to have 
approached Jennie Jacobs, for the 
purpose of arranging with Miss 
Jacobs to leave New York in the 
spring for the other side, to locate 
desirable foreign acts for the Shub- 
ert vaudeville. It is not known 
what answer Miss Jacobs returned. 
It is improbable, however, she could 
accept the assignment, owing to 
the extensive development by her 
since assuming charge, of the book- 
ing department of the Edward 
Small agency. 

A story ie around that Frank J. 
Godsol will be the active business 
head of the Shubert vaudeville or- 
ganization. Gbdsol Just now is 
operating the business end of Gold- 
wyn. in which he, Dee Shubert and 
others made an investment prior to 
the departure of Samuel Go'dwyn 
from that corporation. With Gold- 
wyn's return, Godsol started in as 
the executive operator. 

Godson Is reported to have been 
o*ne of the first money men to an- 
ticipate large returns In the vaude- 
ville field, through the Shuberts, and 
was claimed at the time the first 
stories of Shubert vaudeviP* com- 
menced to break, to have subscribed 
$1,000,000 to the Shuberts' vaude- 
ville capitalization. 

William Fox is understood to be 
still non-committal on .the Shubert 
proposition — supposed to be holding 
out to take complete charge and 
place Edgar Allen in as booker. 
Fox's Riviera chances lts policy of 
combinations after this season, with 
every likelihood it will be pictures' 
and vaudeville. This is borne out 
by the report Bimbcrg's Standard 
will revert to combinations next 
season. 

Combinstion Policy Reported. 
The "Evening Mail" is said to 
have carried a story indicating the 
Shubert vaudeville venture would 
be a combination .of pictures and 
small time. It was supposed to have 
been written by Burns Mantle. Paul 
Block is a director in the Shubert 
$20,000,000 vaudeville announce- 
ment and Block is interested in the 
Mail. Private information says the 
venture calls for 10 men to put up 
$200,000 apiece, subject to further 
assessments. Stanley Co. has not 
yet been called upon to %o into the 
deal, it is reported from the same 
source, so that the Jules Mastbaum 
interest is, up to now, a personal 
affair. 

Miller & Co., bankers, were rc- 

under- 

stock. 
and the Shuberts are offering it 
for underwriting, it is reported. As 
Loft Candy stock was underwritten 
at eight and put on the market at 
12, using this as a basis of figur- 
ing, the Shubert vaudeville venture, 
a. i untried proposition, ' should be 
underwritten fit about half- offered 
the public at 15. 

The Orpheum Junior Circuit has 
been using "Advanced Vaudeville" 

as its billing slogan. Last Week the 

Shuberts announced that "Advanced 
Vaudeville" was not to he the title 

of the new Shubert vaudeville but 
"Select Vaudeville." 

The Orpheum will conflict with 
the Shubert string at Kansas' City, 
Chicago, New Orleans and St. IakjIs. 
'Continued on rage 29) 



BEE PALMER CANCELS 
4 TIMES ON 4 SHOWS 



In Picture House, Chicago, 
this Week. 

Bee Palmer, compelled to remain 
here to meet the Max Hart attach- 
■lent suit for $6,000, accepted an 
engagement at the Pantheon, a 
boulevard picture palace, opening 
Sunday. By Monday night she had 
dqpe four shows and quit four 
times — once after each show. 

Morris Silver of the W. V. M. A. 
who handled the booking, stationed 
himself at the Pantheon, and up to 
Tuesday had met each resignation 
with a new promise. 

II was even money Wednesday 
against Bee wiggling out the week. 



STATION INCOME TAX EXPERT 
AT VARIETY TO AID PLAYERS 



Revenue Agent Woodville Will Advise on New E*, 
eruptions for Stage People Covering Excess Ex, 
penses on Road, New Treasury Ruling. 



BONUS ELIGIBILITY 
FIXED IN ALBANY BILL 



Time Limit Set on Applications 
for Share of $45,000,000. 

Albany. N. T. f Feb. 2. 

The bill providing for the distri- 
bution of the state bonus of $45,- 
000.000 has been introduced in the 
Assembly by Miss Marguerite L. 
Smith, of New York. A commis- 
sion of three is to be appointed by 
the Governor, one of whom must be 
the Adjutant General. $150,000 is 
appropriated for the necessary force 
to administer the fund. 

The bonus will be payable oji ap- 
plication to the commission and the 
time limit for applications will be 
fixed by the Legislature. The legis- 
lative committee of the American 
Legion, which drew up the bill, has 
gone on record in favor of July 1, 
1922, as the latest date on which 
application can be made. 

Qualifications necessary to entitle 
a person to the bonus are at> fol- 
lows: It is payable to both men 
and women. The applicant must 
have been enlisted, inducted, war- 
ranted or commissioned In the mili- 
tary or naval service of the United 
States and must have honorably 
served some time between April 6, 
1917, and November 11, 1918, for a 
period of more than two months. 
The applicant must have been hon- 
orably separated or discharged from 
the service, or be still in it (active, 
reserve or retired). He must have 
been a resident of the State of New 
York when ho entered the service, 
and must have been a resident of 
the state on Nover ber 2, 1920. 

Offleerr above the grade of cap- 
tain in the Army or Marine Corps 
and officers above the grade of lieu- 
tenant, senior grade, in the Navy, 
are not entitled to the bonus, nor 
are men whoso only service was in 
the Student Army Training Corps. 
No bonus will be paid to a person 
who has received a bonus from an- 
other state. 

The amount of the bonus payable 
to each person entitled is $10 for 
each month, but $250 is the maxi- 
mum amount allowed. 

The Secretary of State has been 
deluged with inquiries concerning 
the bonus. Letters have been re- 
ceived from all over the United 
States and its insular possessions 
and from foreign countries. Some 
assume that *he money is already 
being distributed and send their ad- 
dress and copy of discharge papers 
with the request to forward "check- 
without further delay." Of course. 
even after the law is passed, some 
time will necessarily elapse before 
the adequate machinery can be or- 
ganized to hand out the $45 000,000. 



Federal income tax returns for 
year 1920 will become available at 
Variety's New York office from Feb. 
16, on, and are due to be filed by 
March 15, at which time taxes are 
payable. The total tax may be paid 
*t that time, although the tax-payer 
has the privilege of making quar- 
terly payments — March 15, June 15. 
Sept. 15 and Dec. 15. The rates re- 
main the same as last year, net in- 
comes up to $4,000 being four per 
cent; eight per cent above $4,000. 
with surtaxes applying over $5,000. 
Excess profits also attain as last 
year. 

Cadwalader Woodville, U. S. In- 
ternal Revenue Agent will again be 
stationed at Variety's office, by di- 
rection of Collector Edwards, in 
charge of the second and third New 
York districts which take in the 



tirely, provision having been made 
for them in this section. 

Example Showing Meaning of 
Regulation 

John Adams recei . .s salary at 
the rate of $15,000 per year from 
Smith & Jones. lie is away from 
home three months in the year. 
All expenses (including board and 
lodging) incurred are to be paid 
by Mr. Adams, without reimburse- 
ment. Taxpayer is one of family 
of Ave. It costs him, to maintain 
his household, $400 per month. 
This amount includes rent, grocery 
bills, light, servant hire, etc. His 
pro rata board and lodging while 
away from home 1b $10 a day or 
$300 per month. It, therefore, 
costs him $220 in excess of his 
average expenses at home, which 
amount is attributed to business. 



GUIDE FOR PREPARATION OF FEDERAL INCOME TAX 

RETURNS. 

Total number of weeks employe.d professionally from January 1, 1920 

to December 31, 1920... 7. A 

Oc* isiry r^cr i\ cci j)€* >v *c*k 4 • • • t • •••••••• •••••••••••«* 

» • 

You may deduct the following: 

Business telephones, telegrams and taxis ,, 

Commissions to agents 

Dresses used exclusively on the stage and lasting less than one 

year 

Express on trunks 

Fees to stage hands 

Grease paint, make up, wigs 

Hats and gloves 

Laundry, pressing and cleaner's bills 

Lingerie * 

Maid or valet for theatre only 

Scenery depreciation (when you own the act) 1 

Shoes and stockings ' 

Sleepers when not paid by employers ,, 

Transportation when not paid by employers 

Wardrobe for men when used exclusively In the play 

Advertising 

Photographs 






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TOUGH ON PQLICE CARNIVAL 

County Attorney at Leavenworth 
Pute Crimp In It. 



Kansas City. F< )■. ". 

It's a pretty tough old world when 
the games and amusements fur- 
nished at a "Police Carnival" get so 
strong that the local county attor- 
ney has to step in and put on the 
lid. This is what happened at 
Leavenworth. Kansas. 

The "Police Carnival" had bean 
extensively advertised and was to 
run until Feb. 3, in a local rink 
When things were in full blast, with 
paddlc-v heels spinning and many 
other games running for prizes, the 
county attorney gave notice all 
gambling must he stopped. 

Tin- order pal a crimp In the af- 
fair as afaotlt all that was left was 
ilaneing, and Leavenworth neve: 
'-*d the repi tatlon of being much 
cl a soft drink town. 



theatrical zone. Mr. Woodville will 
be at Variety's office from 10 a. m. to 
4:30 p. m., daily excepting Sundays, 
starting Feb. 15, to assist profes- 
sionals in making out income tax 
forms. 

There are some important changes 
in the ruling on deductions over 
those of last year. Included in the 
allotments for deductions is that of 
living expense on the road. The 
total item of such expenses, however, 
is not allowable. Only that percent- 
age which is in excess of what the 
living expenses would be at home or 
in an apartment are allowed. 

The government doubtless will re- 
quire proof of expenditures. This 
ruling may involve difficulties and 
later mean the signing of affadavits 
where proof of the outlays cannot 
he shown by receipted bills and the 
like. 

The collector has framed a guide 
to aid for the especial use of pro- 
fessionals as shown on this page. 
Slips will be furnished at Variety's 
office along with the " returns and 
are to be attached to the form when 
filed. . 

Expenses on Road. 

An ex tract from the treasury 
regulations regarding deductions of 
living expenses while on the road is: 

Treasury Decision No. 3.101, ap- 
proved Dec. If, 1920 recognizes 
that u certain amount expended on 
a trip may he attributed solely to 
business, and that such amount is 
deductible as a business expense, 
but does not disregard the fact 
that N^lvt'V'.'r r person nruy be, at. 
home or abroad, he* must have 
personal and living expenses, 
which in any event are not'deduct- 
able. 

Section No. 216 of the Revenue 
Act of 191S has made provision for 
credits against net income tt mar- 
ried and unmarried persons and 
the heads of farniles. by permitting 
credits of $1,000 in the case of 
unmarried f^reofia, $2,000 In the 
ease of married persons ai... heads 
of families and additional credit 
of $200 for each person dependent 
upon and receiving his chief sup- 
port. If such perso » is under eigh- 
teen years of age or is incapable 
of self support because mentally 
or physically defective. The fact 
that expenses may continue «tt 



home must be disregarded en- 
The entire $16,000 should be re- 
ported as income . nd the excess 
expense of $220 per month for 
three months, namely J660, is an 
allowable deduction in computing 
net income. 

How to Report. 

A taxpayer claiming the bene* 
fit of the deductions referred to in 
the foregoing must attach to his 
return a statement showing (1) 
the nature of the business la 
which engaged; (2) number of 
days away from home during the 
calender year on account of busi- 
ness; (S) number of members it 
taxpayer's family dependent upoi 
him for support; (4) average 
monthly expense incident to meali 
and lodging for entire .family, la* 
eluding taxpayer himself when ft 
home; (5) average monthly ex* 
pense incident to meals anc lodg* 
Ing when at home if taxpayer hai 
no family; (6) total amount of 
expenses incident to meals an! 
lodging while absent from homo 
on business during taxable year; 
(7) total amount of excess expen* 
dltures incident to meals and lodg* 
ing while traveling on business 
and claimed as a deduction; (I) 
total amount of other expense! 
Incident to travel and claimed I 
a deduction. 

Claim for the deductions re- 
ferred to in the foregoing must 
he substantiated, when required 
by the Commissioner, by record* 
showing in detail the amount and 
nature of the expenses incurred- 



SAMMY LEE OUT OF ACT. 

Sammy I.ee withdrew from jjj 
Colonial bill Monday, due to ku<| 
trouble, and will remain out J 
vaudeville for at least three montn* 
according to his physician. ^**^ 
while Lee will associate hinisw 
with Lawrence Schwab. dovotiW 
attention to the production of P 
a< ts. 

Donald K« rr substituted at jjj 
Colonial and will continue with 
l,e« turn until the principal 
fully recuperated. 

The name of the act hail 
temporarily changed to Donaler* 
and/lady friends. 






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Friday, February 4, 1921 



VAUDEVILLE 



BIG ANIMAL FEATURE FOR 
RINGLING CIRCUS THIS YEAR 



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John Ringling Arranges While Away for Hagenbeck 
Display — Lions, Tigers, Leopards and Horses in 
World's Largest Act of Kind. 



3=s: 



MURPHY PARDONED 
THROUGH GIRL'S PLEA 



Sentenced in 1914 for As- 
sault — Carnival Man. 



The Barnum-Bailey and Ringling 
Brothers' Circus will carry this sea- 
son for the first time in several 
years a heavily billed feature at- 
traction, composed of several dif- 
ferent kinds of animals In the cen- 
tre of the arena at the same time, 
jt's a Hagenbeck importation by 
John Ringling and is said to be the 
largest animal act in the world. 

Besides four lions, six tigers and 
leopards possibly other animals, the 
llagenbeck animal turn will include 
24 horses appearing with the wild 
beasts. 

Mr. Ringling was due back from 
abroad this week, with the report 
out the l'arnum-Rai|ey-Ringling 
Circus will open its annual New 
York engagement at Madison 
Square Garden March 24. 

The llagenbeck -Wallace ('ircun 
for yearn had a menagerie attach- 
ment from which was drawn trained 
animals for ring display, oi.t the 
featuring of an animal turn of this 
dimension by the Ringling Brothers 
will be a departure for them in the 
operation of a circus. 

MISS JARDOhTS "NERVES." 

Singer Leaves Stage at Palace 
Monday Before Finishing. 



SHUBERTS DENY THEY 
ARE IN ON H. 0. H. SALE 



Dorothy Jardon had a case of 
"nerves" at the I'alace Monday 
matinee, leaving the Stage while in 
the midst of "KM, Kli," saying to 
the audience, as she clasped her 
heart: "I must stop. I have nerv- 
ous prostration." Later and fol- 
lowing the Frank .Van Hoven turn 
which came after her, Miss Jardon 
returned to the footlights, apologiz- 
ing to the house for not concluding 
her act. 

Miss Jardon has sung several 
songs, responding to one or two en- 
cores, when she said, in announcing 
the Hebrew chant: "Although I am 
an Irish-Catholic, I will sing 'Eli 
Eli* in Viddish." 

At that time it was late, after five. 
Van Hoven not appearing until 5:12. 
The lateness of the hour, possibly 
forgotten by Miss Jardon, was 
thought to have been the reason why 
a few people arose to leave. This 
apparently disturbed the singer, 
who brought the song to Its sudden 
elose. 



Purchaser Believed Acting for 
Office Building Promoter. 

Speculation has been caused by 
the "sale of the Harlem opera house 
to Louis Ileizog, an attorney, for 
$760,000. The purchase in dudes the 
I ApoJlo, adjoining th* II. O. II. on 
125th street, and now Operated as a 
picture house. 

Rumors connecting the Shuberts 
with the sale were denied at th*' 
Shubert office, although it was ad- 
mitted that the Shuberts were in- 
terested in a Harlem site for their 
proposed vaudeville circuit. 

It is believed by people familiar 
with Harlem real estate values that 
the purchaser Is acting as an agent 
for a group of imtown business men, 
who plan to tear down the present 
buildings and erect an office and 
stores edifice within three years or, 
at the expiration of the Keith lease. 

A point wag made that J. J. 
Murdock, of the Keith office held a 
personal equity Id th« property in 
conjunction with the Lichenstein 
estate, and that the sale could not 
have been consummated without his 
sanction, which would discounten- 
ance any rumors to the effect that 
other theatclcal Interest had ac- 
quired the property. 

The Harlem opera house has been 
showing a profit for the past three 
years with a split week vaudeville 
policy playing Keith acts and pic- 
tures. 

For the past ten years vaudeville 
has been the policy of the house 
with an Interval, when stock was 
played for two seasons. For most 
of that period the house was con- 
sidered a "white elephant," but it 
has been doing about $8,000 weekly 
with the present policy, the Keith 
people splitting the profits with the 
property owner on a fifty-fifty basis 
with no rental. 



Philadelphia, Feb. X- 

Richard Murphy was pardoned 

and released from the Eastern State 

Penitentiary, locally known as 

"Cherry Hill," last Thursday, after 

a long struggle to obtain favorable 
action by the pardon board at Har- 
risburg. 

Murphy in 1913, at the age of 21, 
was convicted at Hazelton, Pa., for 
alleged assault upon a 19-year-old 
girl. Sentenced to an indeterminate 
term of from 10 to 15 years, he 
served a little over six years. At 
the time of alleged assault Murphy 
was with the Ferrari shows, a car- 
nival troupe. 

Mac Murptw, a former artist and 
now an agent here, worked for 
Murphy's pardon and it was her ad- 
I drees to the pardon board last week 
that brought about that climax. 
The State Attorney General stated 
later tbatjt was the best appeal he 
1 had ever heard for a pardon and 
that Miss Murphy was a natural 
born lawyer; also that she had en- 
tered law instead of the stage. 

In support of Miss Murphy's ap- 
peal a letter written by Prosecutor 
Bigelow, who tried the case in Ha- 
zelton, and received by William La- 
polnt. a New York attorney, who 
also worked to secure Murphy's re- 
lease. Mr. Bigelow stated In the 
letter that the girl in the case could 
not be believed and had he known 
that, the case would never have 
been brought to trial. 

Last year an appeal for pardon 
was refused. Since then free vaude- 
ville shows have been given at 
"Cherry Hill" weekly for the pris- 
oners and In behalf of Murphy. Bart 
McIIugh, who was interested In the 
Murphy case, did much in the fram- 
ing of the shows and securing ma- 
terial. 



KEITH'S, SYRACUSE, PLAN 
TO GIVE AMATEURS CHANCE 



Private Try-Outs Before Special Board Will Decide 
if Amateurs Are Entitled to Appear at Regular 
Keith Shows— Not "Amateur Night." 



"THE BRIDE" SHOWN 
AS "BLUE" EXAMPLE 



Keith Office Has Private Per- 
formance for Bookers. 



Last Thursday morning at the 
Palace, New York, a private per- 
formance of the Lina Abarbanell 
playlet, "The Bride" was given, at 
the request of the Keith office, with 
only the executive! and booking 
men of the Keith agency present. 

Following the performance the 
assemblage was addressed by K. F. 
Albee, who drew their attention to 
the various points in the playlet 
that had caused It to be taken away 
from Keith consideration by an or- 
der earlier in the week, as reported 
in last Week I Variety. 

The head of the Keith institution 

told the bookers "The Bride" was 

) the sOrt of stage material to be 

avoided in their judgment for turns 

to make up programs. 



DOROTHY WAUL ROBBED 

Thieves Get Away With Loot From 
Freeport Home. 



CANCELLED ACTS BACK 

Three Turns Out Through Fay Con- 
cert^ Return Te Keith. 



BERT CLARK SHELVES ACT 



RIDER HAS HARD LUCK 



Equipment Lost Coming From Cuba, 
Olympia Desval Cancels Booking 



Inability to Agree On Salary Causes 
Him To Close. 



Olympia Desval, circus rider, was 
forced to cancel 12 weeks around 
New York because of tho loss of her 
act's equipment which went astray 
on the way from Cuba. Miss Des- 
val had been playing for six weeks 
with Publione's Circus and was re- 
turning to the States during the 
first week in January. 

The American Express Company 
had charge of the shipping of the 
paraphernalia, some of which is de- 
clared impossible to replace. 

Miss Desval has turned the mat- 
ter over to her lawyer for both re- 
covery and damages in the case. 



ANOTHER LUCY WESTON. 

The Lucy Weston reported In 
Variety last week as tendered a 
benefit in Chicago by the Bush 
Temple Musical Stock Company, of 
which Kh»' was a member. i» not the 
same Lucy Weston, says Lucy, who 
came over here some years ago from 
England. 

That Lucy, says Lucy is in New 

xork, where she has hern all sea- 
son, :!nd doc n t want her folks In 
Kngland if reading Variety (which 
Lucy things ihcy do) to believe she 
was the other < ml of the Chicago 
benefit. 

CHARLIE KING BANKRUPT 
Charles ,!. King (Charlie King 
'• » Hie), has filet' a petition in 
fc'nkruptcj K'ng'a liabilities are 
K< heduli d at $i 1.575. with no a set* 



The Bert Clark turn, which in- 
cludes Flavia Acaro, ended a Keith 
engagement at the Palace, New 
York, last week. 

Clark could not agree with the 
Keith office on terms and decided 
to shelve the turn. 

The act was getting $600 and in- 
cluded another male in addition to 
the principals. 



VAUDEVnilANS TRIPPING 

A trip around the world Is being 
planned by Benny Ryan, Bert Han- 
Ion, Paris Green and Violinsky. The 
quartet sail for England in April to 
take pot luck and play vaudeville 
dates whenever possible. 

If the scheme is successful the 
vaudevillians intend to visit every 
country on the globe before return- 
ing to the U. S. A. 



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list of creditors Include Itobei t 



»«nw Hcenic Studios, $1,500; Pamous 
''layers, $600; and Andrew llrannl- 
n <.: 000. 



ARTHUR UNGER NOT GUILTY. 

Albany, N. Y.. Feb. ?. 
Arthur linger, manager of the 
Miles, Schenectady, arrested Dec. 13 
on charge of disorderly conduct, fol- 
lowing an .altercation with a police- 
man, waj found not guilty in police 

court last Week. 

The dispute arose when the 
polir-cmfln, who was assigned to 
enforce the law relating to the ad- 
mission of minors, attempted to 
enter the theatre In the alleged per- 
f irmance of hi* duties 

KEEFE FILES COMPLAINT 

Walter Keefc, New York Pan- 
tages representative, filed a com- 
plaint against Walton end Brandt, 
with the Vaudeville Managers' Pro 
tective Association this wee! . e.1- 
leging the at t did n<»l open accord 
in.^ to cont nut a t I '« ntng< -. S n 
Francisco, Monday 



Richard Keene, one of the acts 
that lost Keith time through hav- 
ing played a Frank Fay Sunday 
Concert at the Cort theatre two 
weeks ago, was declared in good 
standing and opened for the Keith 
office at Proctor's 58th street Mon- 
day. 

Robert Emmet Kcane and Bert 
Earl and Girls, also involved In the 
Cort performance, are now playing 
for the Keith house. The former 
lost a week with Earl losing a half 
week, but receiving the salary in- 
volved from his agent and the 
booker. 



Thieves entered the home of 
Dorothy Wahl. at Freeport, L. L, 
last week and made away with 
about HO worth of miscellaneous 
articles. Mlffl Wahl is at present 
playing south. The Freeport home 
is Occupied by her mother. 

The report brought to life that 
Freeport is being played quite 
heavily by the workless wonders. 
The latter through some means find 
out the homes temporarily closed 
and make k special play for the un- 
occupied homes. 



Syracuse, N. i., Feb. 2. 

B. F. Keiths theatre will provide 
a medium for the Introduction to 
the professional entertainment field, 
of Syracuse amateur talent, as the 
result of a plan suggested by E. F. 
Albee, head of the Keith vaudeville 
interests, and developed by W. Day- 
ton Wcgefarth, local Keith repre- 
sentative. Mr. Wcgefarth Is in New 
York this week for a conference 
with Mr. Albee at which the flnai 
draft of the scheme will be per- 
fected. 

As proposed by Mr. Albee, the in- 
novation is purely educational, and 
Is prompted by a desire to give the 
often lacking inspiration to tho-e 
who would seek a professional 
career on the stage. 

Amateurs who are sincere In their 
desire for a professional career will 
first appear before a board of volun- 
teer judges at a private morning try- 
out. The board will probably be 
composed of Dr. Horace Eaton, of 
Syracuse University, and head of 
the Drama League and Little The- 
atre movement here; Melville Clark, 
harpist; the dramatic critics of the 
three Syracuse dailiC3, and Mr. 
Wcgefarth. 

This board will pass upon tho 
merit of the amateur. If Its vote is 
favorable, the act will be given a 
adequate presentation by Keith's 
on the "Inspirational Night." If tho 
act is well received, the Keith in- 
terests will undertake to sponsor it 
in professional vaudeville. 



SAME BILL MARRIAGE. 

San Francisco, Feb. 2. 

Joe Brennan ("Irish Yankee") and 
Irene I Kike ("Fountain of Youth") 
were married at Sacramento Jan. 
22. 

The brid< groom is doing a single 
on the Loew time while his "other 
half" is a member of the headline 
act of the bill. 




PUBLICITY ACCUSATION. 

Harry Lee Denies He Wss Party 
to Press Work. 



Harry Lee, while monologing on 
the Loew Circuit, ran afoul of the 
V. M. P. A. through the enthusla: m 
of a Southern press agent, who 
heralded him as the father of the 
Lee Children. 

Harry Lee had divorcer the 
mother of the Lee Kids before either 
of the prodigies was born, and is 
not their parent. The newspaper 
man, however, dug up the story ard 
as a result Lee received a letf«r 
from Pat Casey of the V. M. P. A. 
asking him why he continued using 
the error for publicity purposes. 

The monologist wrote explaining 
that it was done without his sanc- 
tion or connivance and the matter 
was straightened out. 

Harry Lee was formerly of Ho< y 
and Lee, a two-man comedy act of 
several years ago. 



BURTON GREEIi 



A N I » 









IRENE FRANKLIN 

N'SXT WEEK (Feb. «), Mo.vn; I :.\ I. CANADA 



ASKS FOR MUSIC 

Warsa.v, Poland, Jan 1.1. 
Editor Variety: — 

I am an attache of the American 
Legation here In Poland and an ex- 
performer and am writing in behalf 
of the American Red Cross, also of 
Poland, In the hope you publish this. 

The Red Cross, which is doing 
very fine relief woik here, is |q 
great need of American music, 
dance and popular songs, and fee] 
sure that some of the publishers In 
New York would be willing m mail 
them some if they could realise 
what it means to have some late 
music from the States* a Way off here 
in Poland. 

Any one wishing to contribute can 
Just mail it to me at tho Legation 
here and I as well, would be indeed 
very grateful. I will willingly pay 
the postage if they will mail me tho 

bill, u win require foreign i- 
a«", but inuet be addressed .- 

lows: 

RALPH D. OW.klKW 

I>e|>t. State, Washington, J>. C 
For tranimh p*lon to 
American Legation, Warsaw, 

Poland. 
Thank t)i< i enough to gi rid 

us any music. 

Ralph li. O'Bi ■>■•' 

KEITH S IN DETROIT 

I »• tt.it. I- I.. 2 
Toliri .1. Murdock was in Detroit 
M i • k and i ted the Keith 
interest h »•. otild 1, . o a neW Del i "it 
tin- 1 1 re before ioi ' 

The Ti mpl< n< »\ i kl through 

Keith** utile* 






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VAUDEVILLE 



Friday, February 4, 1921 




PAN MAN CHARGES BLACKLIST, WESTERN DENIES; 

O'NEILL SAYS ERNIE YOUNG IS W. V. M. A. GOAT 



Chicago, Feb. 2. 

The written statement given out 
by James O'Neill in Chicago, man- 
ager there for the Pantages Circuit, 
makes the direct charge that the 
Western Vaudeville Managers' 
Association of Chicago, is "black- 
listing" acts that play for Pan- 
tages. It also discusses in acrid 
terms the House of David Band 
controversy and some phases of the 
Ernie Young imbroglio. 

Here is the statement: 

"Mr. Nash, of the Western 
Vaudeville Managers' Association, 
gave an insipid and hypocritical 
reason for his disbarment of Ernie 
Young. That affair was an out- 
growth directly of the House of 
David Band booking with the Pan- 
tages Circuit, and is a verification 
of our contention that the Western 
Vaudeville people do not live up to 
the spirit of the letter of the Vaude- 
ville Managers' Protective Associa- 
tion. 

"Our attorneys are now investi- 
gating several letters received by 
acts that they are .o be black- 
listed. If any agents connected 
with the New York Orpheum Circuit 
offices or the Keith Circuit ever 
wrote such letters they would be 
thrown out immediately. 

"We hold no brief for Young. He 
!s an all-around athlete and seems 
able to take care of himself. He 
gave us none the best of the House 
of David Band deal. But the act 
is 'playing the Pantages Circuit, and 
it should not be amiss to let the 
vaudeville world know a few inside 
facts regarding the affair. 

"Young was not barred by the W. 
V. M. A. for any connection with 
Jack Fine. 

House of David Case. 

"Through the connivance of the 
Western Vaudeville Managers' 
Association, Chicago Orpheum offi- 
cials and others, the House of David 
Band was forced to cancel an en- 
gagement with the Pantages Circuit 
in Peoria, 111. Forcing an act to 
cancel a contract or agreement is a 
direct violation of the rules of the 
V. M. P. A., and when the situa- 
tion was brought to the attention 
of E. F. Albce by the New York 
office of the Pantages Circuit, It 
was immediately decided that the 
House of David Band would have 
to be taken off the Orpheum Clr- 



House of David Band Center of "War" in Peoria- 



Other Acts Reported Warned Against Playing 
Pantages Time — Nash Says Charges Are Absurd, 
Demands Proofs. 



cult, a route for it having been laid 
out on that circuit as part of the 
inducement to cause it to cancel 
Peoria. 

An investigation was at once 
started of the entire affair. The 
reason given for Young's dismissal 
was merely camouflage to protect 
the Chicago bookers from summary 
action on the part of the V. M. P. A. 
or from Mr. Albee in his capacity 
as head of the Keith Circuit, which 
does not tolerate such acts. They 
made Young the goat to save their 
own hides. Unquestionably the 
New York Orpheum office laid out 
the route in response to the plead- 
ings of the Chicago contingent, the 
route being held out to the act as 
prepayment for canceling Peoria. 

"We do not propose to be dis- 
criminated against by direct com- 
petitors who have entered into an 
ostensibly friendly agreement with 
us first. The W. V. M. A. has not 
only threatened the blacklist against 
acts playing for us in Peoria, but 
has chosen that as a crisis to make 
an issue of it. We accept the is- 
sue. And we already have material 
with which to follow it out. This 
will in due time be presented to 
the V. M. P. A. and to its presi- 
dent, Mr. Albee — and perhaps, else- 
where.'' 

Nash Replies for W. V. M. A. 

In Chicago John J. Nash, business 
manager of the Western Vaudeville 
Managers' Association, when ap- 
prised of the nature of the Pan- 
tages statement, said: 

"This office has nothing to fear 
from any investigation or of its at- 
titude toward the house Pantages | 
books in Peoria or elsewhere. Fol- 
lowing universal vaudeville custom 
we have advised acts that if they 
play the other theatre in Peoria 
first they will lose their value for 
the time being in the house we book. 



"Naturally, as it is not a large 
city and the competition is keen, we 
have numerous instances on our 
records of acts which played the 
Peoria theatre for Fantages and 
which wo have since booked and 
are now booking, though, of course, 
not in Peoria. 

"I invite any one in possession of 
letters from this office or from 
agents associated with this office to 
lay them before the proper officials 
and immediate action w^ll be taken 
to preserve every ideal and policy 
of the V. M. P. A. ^ 

At the risk of growing monoton- 
ous, I repeat that the House of 
David Band matter was not the 
cause of Ernie Young's cessation of 
business with this office, and any 
charge that he was offered a route 
as a reward for keeping the band 
out of our competitor's house in 
Peoria is an absurdity. I am sure 
Young himself will not confirm any 
such statement. The Band did play 
our theatre in Peoria, booked in 
when submitted by Young, then an 
agent for this office in the regular 
course of business. We naturally 
were eager to beat the other fellow 
to this or any other desirable act. 
The Band had already played the 
West Knglewood and the Chateau 
for Pantages when we played it in 
our house in Peoria, which is in 
fact pretty good answer to whether 
or not we are blacklisting acts that 
play our houses hereabouts." 

Keefe's Statement. 



t sense. He Insisted the House of 
David Band booking mix-up was 
tho cause of Young's expulsion. 
Keefe said: 

"I know Young was made tho 
goat in the David Band squabble. 
The Western Vaudeville people 
forced him to cancel the first book- 
ing for Peoria under threat of ex- 
pulsion. That meant Young broke 
his contract with us. Right now 
Ernie Young cannot book with the 
Pantages office because of breaking 
the Peoria date, but we have a 
friendly feeling toward him for the 
statement he made last week. It 
was a manly attitude -for him to 
take, and we are with him for it. 

"The Western booking people, to 
cover themselves, asked that tho 
band be given an Orpheum route. 
W'en that was secured I called 911 
Frank Vincent. Even before we 
started going over the situation 
Vincent said that if wo had a claim 
on the David Band wo could have 
the act. Ho said the day had gone 
by for grabbing material from one 
circuit for another after it had been 
contracted for. 1 thinr - the Orpheum 
circuit the finest in the world. I 
know I have advised acts to accept 
bookings from Vincent whenever 
offered, and I know Vincent has 
done the samn for us. 

Ridicules "Blacklist" Talk. 

"Tcik of blacklisting Pantages 
acts by the W. V. ML A. is a joke. 
Of what value would that be? 
There is an office offering five or 
six weeks as against -10 weeks on 
the Pantages books. The meat of 
tlU W. If. V. A. time is booked out 
of New York (junior Orpheum). and 
so any blacklisting < hatter sounds 
bunk to me. I will say that we 
won't he In a hurry to book acts 
that play another house in Peoria. 
For all we care they can go ahead 
and blacklist. Wo are going to 
have three new theatres in the sec- 
J tion soon. The Aschers' (owning 
the Peoria house booked by the 



Conflicting statements ane.nl. the I Pantages office) are building in 



House of David Band booking and 
J the expulsion of Ernie Young from 
booking on the W. V. M. A. floor in 
Chicago were made this week in 
New York. Walter Keefe, New 
York booking representative for tho 
Pantages circuit, stated talk of 



Rockford, Decatur and South Bend, 
and those houses are going to play 
vaudeville." 

Tho statement issued by O'Neil, 
of the Chicago Pantages office, fol- 
lowed a phone conversation with 
I Keefe in New York regarding an 
explanation of the Ernie Young- 
House of David Band imbroglio. 



CLAPP OUT OF AMSTERDAM. 

Turn Ovtr Three Theatres, With 
William D. Waldron in Charge. 



Amsterdam, N. Y., Feb. S. 
The RIalto, Regent and Amster- 
dam theatre here have a new man- 
ager, William D. Waldron of New 
York, formerly with the Proctor 
Circuit. Waldron is expected to 

Jack up the houses, either with new 
policies or methods. 

Edward C. Clapp. who relin- 
quishes control, says he is going to 
take a rest. 

Tho Rialto is playing Shubert 
vaudeville against Keith vaudeville 
at tho Strand. Both continue to 
carry on their advertising battle. 
The Strand charges 30 cents top at 
night and the Rialto 35 cents, with 
both having the same seals for mat- 
inees. , 

The last half Rialto bill (Shubert) 
was Burt Earl and (Jirls, Chappelle, 
Btlnnette and Co., Pete Curdy Trio, 
Lea Aristocrats. Tho week Walter 
C, Kelly, Margie Graft Lyle and 
Harry, 'Nobody Home" are the pro- 
gram. 

The Regent plays pictures; the 
Amsterdam, road shows. 

FLUSHING JOINT VENTURE. 

The new theatre to bo built in 
Flushing, L. I., will be a joint ven- 
ture of the Keith Interests, Wllmcr 
& Vincent and B. S. Moss. The site 
located on Main street, Flushing, 
was first secured by Moss, and later 
turned over to Wilmer & Vincent. 

The new house is to coat 1500.060 
and will play a polity like the Coli- 
seum, probably being oooked In 
conjunction with the other Moss 
pop houses, when completed. 



NOTICE TO AGENTS 

Must Obtain Signatures of Acts 
Or Keith Will Deal Direct 



Vaudeville agents must obtain the 
signatures of their acts on contracts 
issued by the Keith Exchange with- 
in five days according to the latest 
bulletin issued by the agency. 

Failure to do so will mean the 

office will reissue contracts elimi- 
nating the name of the agent and 
doing business with the act direct, 
except in cases where extenuating 
circumstances make it a physical 
Impossibility to conform with the 
latest ruling. 



STOP YVETTE RUGEL 



NEW TRENTON HOUSE 



Johnny Doolsy Appears Alone For 
Shubert— Wife Bound To Keith 



CICCOUNTS PLAINT 

Ciccolinl, the opera einger, wan to 
have played the Coliseum this week, 
but refused to accept the date when 
the Keith office would not agree to 
^headline him, the headline position 
having been given to Eva Tanguay. 

Ciccolinl had been originally set 
to play the Palace this week, but 
the Dorothy Jardon booking would 
have resulted in a confliction, both 
being operatic singers, 'and Ciccolinl 
was offered tho Coliseum Instead, 
with his subsequent refusal be- 
cause of his headline stipulation 
being turned down. 

The Palace date originally to have 
l>» • n played by Ciccolinl this week 
has been set for May 30. 



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O'BRIEN WITH PINCUS. 

(Icorge O'Brien h:.s become asso- 
ciated with Harry Pincus in the 
tatter's vaudeville hooking agoiivy. 
O'Brien whs formerly with si as 
Uart and lefl the Ko5fh booking 
floors when Hart d <i. 

Pincus be»>Us k« - . ill; in all 
vaudeville excepting big lime. 



SHAFTER'S BOOKING AGENCY 

Otto Shafter is entering the book- 
log agency field. At present he is 
hooking a house on Long Island. 
Shafter was in the Locw office until 
recently booking through the fran- 
chise of the Tom Jones office. Prior 
to that he was located in Chicago as 
a booking man. 



Canceled Act Given Pan Time 
.loins and .lones, tho colored team 
►elled by tho Keitli office fol- 
io wing an appearance al .Astoria, 
Long Island, have been routed by 
the Pantages Circuit 



Johnny Dooley appeared at the 
Shube.'t Century and Wintc Gar- 
den Sunday concerts offering a 

single turn. The original billing in- 
cluded the name of Yvette Rugel, 
his partner and wife. 

E. F. Albee, upon being Informed 
that Miss Rugel was to appear at 
a Shubert concert, sent for the act 
and informed Dooley that Miss Ru- 
gel held a nine--veek pay or play 
Keith contract and that she would 
be held to the letter of tho contract. 

Asked if hjs future relations with 
the Keith office would be affected 
by his appearance at the Shubert 
houses, Dooley was informed that 
as he held no future Keith contract 
ha was within his rights in appear- 
ing alone. 

Johnny Dooley and Yvette Rugel 
were recently members of "Vogues 
and Vanities." Following this en- 
gagement they produced a vaude- 
ville act which was discarded when 
Ray Goetr informed Harry Weber, 
their agent, that the team was 
using two of the scenes from 
"Vogues and Vanities" which ho in- 
tended to revive. 

The act opened at Mt. Vernon, 
X. Y., and was shelved. Dooley 
tiicn made a proposition to the 
Keith office they book him and Miss 
Kegal as "single" turns on the same 
bill, both to do a double at the 
finish. 

When no action was forthcoming 
on this offer Dooley accepted the 
Shubert engagement. 



Capitol Will Have Pop Vaudeville 
And Pictures On Split Week 



The Capitol, a new 2,800 seat 
house in Trenton, N. J., which 
Walter Reade is building, is sched- 
uled to open March 15, with a pop 
vaudeville policy, six acts and pic- 
tures on a split week basis> booked 
by Fally Marcus. 

Marcus has also secured the book- 
ing of the new house in Jersey City 
now in course of construct. on by 
Haring & Blumenthal, seating 2,500 
and due to start about March 13 
With six acts and pictures. 

The Lynn, White Plains, N. Y., 
2,500 capacity now building by 
Richard Hayes will go on the Mar- 
cus sheet, when it opens April 1. 
The Lynn will play six acts. 



Keith Takes Hamilton, O.. House 

Hamilton. <>.. Feb. 2.- 
The Grand, which has been play- 
ing Ciih Sun vaudeville, has been 
leased by Candler Amusement En- 
terprises; of Springfield, <>.. for thrc< 
years from Rroomhali & Bohwalnv 
The future policy of lbs bouts 

i\ill be five-act Vaudeville bill. 
booked by the Keith offices on a 
.-p!it week basis. 



CHARLIE G0ULDING RESIGNS 

Schnectady. N. Y., Feb. 2. 

Charles 11. Goulding has resigned 
as manager of tho local Proctor 
theatre, following a service of nine 
years with the Proctor Circuit. 

Mr. Goulding has accepted an of- 
fer to connect with the Piddle Hold- 
ing Co., Of 4'2 Cth avenue. New 
York City, which operates picture 
theatres. 

Ackerman (Jill, assistant manager 
of Proctor's, Troy, is now In < -barge 
of the local theatre. 



Amalgamated'* Office System. 

The Amalgamated Rooking Agen- 
cy has installed a system requiring 
agents to wait In a room adjoining 
the booking office proper and in- 
terview the hookers in turn, to 
avoid the congestlcn ensuing from 
the limited quarters. 



Stock at Stcinway, Astoria, L. I. 

The stein way. Astoria, l. I., for- 
merly playing pop vaudeville booked 
by Planner, switched to dramatic 
■took Monday, the Planeys install - 
li.g the company and taking over 
the house 



KEITH DAYTON LEASE 
WILL EXPIRE APRIL 30 



Final 



Bill in Present House 
April 24. 



Dayton. O., Feb. 2. 

The final show will be given April 
24 In the present Keith here, at 
Ludlow and Fifth streets. Their 
lease expires April 30 and the re- 
maining week will be taken up in 
the removal of personal properties. 

J. J. Murdock, who was hero last 
week, stated he had found two sites * 
for the erection of a new house and 
it was likely the Keith people would 
build on both. James L. Weed, local 
manager, states that negotiations 
for purchasing tho second site had 
not yet been completed and could 
give no information until it was 
consummated. • 

The new vaudeville house will be 
ready In the early fall and if tho 
deal is closed for the second site 
a new picture house will be built on 
it, to be operated by the Keith in- 
terests. 



PRESIDENT AT THEATRE 



Attends National to See "Abraham 
Lincoln." 
Washington, Feb. 2. 

President Wilson, accompanied hy 
Mrs. Wilson, attended the theatre 
last night for the first time since 
becoming ill, over a year and a half 
ago. It was also tho President's 
first appearance in pubis since hi** 
speaking tour in defense of the 
League of Nations, which came to A 
sudden close in Wichita. Kan. 

Using the rear entrance to iho 
theatre, the Presidential party, in- 
cluding Mrs. Wilson's brother, John 
H. Boiling, entered the theatre, 
making their appearance unoxrect-. 
cdly at the National to witness 
John Drlnkwatcr's "Abraham Lin- 
coln." Only tho theatre attaches 
had knowledge, and his arrival, just 
prior to the first curtain, caused the 
greatest excitement. Tho President 
was accorded a' wonderful reception, 
which was acknowledged from the 
box. 

The President apparently enjoyed 
his visit, and, although noticeably 
nervous, constantly looking at his 
watch and moving his hands, he 
appeared more like himself than for 
some time. At tho close of the sec- 
ond act he received W. II. Rapley 
and William Fowler, manager, of 
the National, and thanked them for 
their courtesy. 



SHERMAN'S STOCK PEOPLE 

New Orleans, Feb. 2. 

The Robert Sherman Stock is to 
occupy the old Orpheum for 20 
weeks, business permitting, begin- 
ning next Monday. It will have Iva 
Shepard, Robert Keith, Vincent 
Dennis. James Nelson, Helen Ship- 
man, Jesse Stewart, Bruce Miller 
and George Beane, who will also 
act as stage director. 

The Orpheum's name Is to revert 
to the St. Charles, which it bore for 
half a century. Just what name 
will be given the house by the Shu* 
berts when they take it over in 
September for 10 years, has not 
been announced. 



DECISION FOR HARKING 

Following a complaint filed 
against B. D. Berg by the Hark ins 
Sisters last week, the Vaudeville 
Managers' Protective Association 
has rendered a decision directing 
Berg to pay Dolly Harkins $22.77 
and Naomi Harkins $17.60. The 
amounts represented a claim for a 
half week's salary against Berg. 

H. A. Friedman, who took over 
the B. D. Berg producing business 
this week, assumed responsibility 
for the claims. 



Mardo Sells Portland Holdings. 
Portland, Me., Feb. 2. 

Ellas Loew, of Boston, has pur* 
chased the controlling Interest in 
the New Portland. H« announces ■ 
picture policy. 

Loew bought the holdings of Fred 
Mardo and 11. W. Hutchinson. 

Hutchinson continues in dharge. 



The mother of Florence Moore !■ 
critically ill with heart trouble at 
their home in Great Neck, i^. I. Miss 
Moore had been unabls to reach 
Frank Moore, a brother, early this 
week. He was formerly of Mortoj 
and Moore. Until recently Prank 
was staging revues at the Pantages 
theatre, I.os Angeles. TelegraabM 
advices from the coast stated 
Moor.'rt present address wai un " 
known. 






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(day, February 4, 1921 



VAUDEVILLE 



3**I 



r \^ ' ..i. 



IAGERS DEFENDING ACT 
FROM EXCESSIVE COMMISSION 



r . M. P- A. and N. V. A. Co-operating in Protecting 
"Little Cafe' 9 from 12 Per Cent Weekly Booking 
Charge — Jack Fox Ejected. 

4 ___ 



CON'S BATTLER . 

PUTS ONE OVER 



Slaps Kid Smack With Lame 
Right— Out 15 Minute* 



Chicago, Fob. 2. 
T he Vaudeville Managers* Protec- 
vt Association and N. V. A. are 
clally defending Wilbm Cushman 
the attachment suit of Jack Fox, 
"outside" agent, who tied up the 
lalalrly of the "Little Cafe" act at 
the Hippodrome on a $1,200 com- 
mission claim. The suit will be 
bitterly fought, Fox having retained 
Adolph Marks and the V. M. V. A- 
tf. V. A. having engaged Ben C. 

Cahanc. 

Fox's attachment is based on a 
claim of 12 & per cent, commission. 
As soon as this came to light Fox 
was ordered oft* the Pantages local 
' floor, and Sunday night was ejected 
from the Chateau Theatre, where 
the act Is now playing, when found 
on the stage there. 

A route had l< <jp offered the act 
it 1700. C'nshman wrote the Pan 
ffflce declining,* stating that he 

could « ot P ,a 5* at tnat *bm^ while 
tying 12">i per cent. He was sent 
r and given contracts direct, to- 
ther with a letter instructing him 
ot to pay any agent for the time, 
nd he was promised the protection 
f the otflce in such stand. James 
'Neill, Pantages' representative, in- 
truded Fox not to molest the act. 
ox, however, attached it as soon as 
t came to town. O'Neill ut once 
voked his booking privileges and 
ill he a witness for Cushman. 
"Tink" Humphrey, as the V. M. 
. A. representative here, engaged 
ane and is otherwise acting for 
he defendant. 



IN AND OUT. 

The Fadon Trio this wc^k wore 
forced to cancel tho Southern Keith 
tour owing to tho Illness of the 
mother of Joe Faden, reported as 
dying at their home in Troy, N. Y. 

Leon Kelmer, manager of Keith's 
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has recovered 
from an attack of grippe. 

Harry Sylvester (Jones and Syl- 
vester) is undergoing treatment in 
his room at the Somerset Hotel, 
New York. He will be laid up about 
ten days. 

Albert Perry, injured some days 
ago in an automobile collision in 
Times Squire, has returned to his 
role in "Heartbreak Hoflse," at the 
Harriett. Edgar Kent has been ail- 
ing the part. 

Florence Holbrook and Denton 
Vane tilled in at th«* Rlaltfl (Shu- 
bert's), Amsterdam, X. Y., the first 
half of last week, in place of Laura 
Hope Crews, in a Barrie playlet. 
Miss Holbrook and Mr. Dane have 
been with "Look Who's Here." 



HEAD OF BIG INDUSTRY. 

(Continued from page 1.) 
biggest influence in industrial, 
most captains of industry in the 
United States, wields by far the 
financial and social circles in this 
part of the state and theatre owners 
in Broome county are elated over 
the stand he has taken in the Sun- 
day show question. He is probably 
the richest man in the state, outside 
of New York City, and it is the be- 
lief he will aid theatrical men with 
his personal pockelbook, if neces- 
sary, In their fight against the "blue 
law" advocates. 

Mr. Johnson's attitude in favor 
of Sunday shows was publihsed for 
th first time in last week's Issue of 
"The Record," Johnson City. In a 
n l'-gram to E. E. Noonan, editor 
ef "The Record." from Daytona, 



MARRIAGES. 

Rae Atherton (Bates Musical 
Co.). to John Hardy of Boston, it 
Portland. Maine. 

Thomas B. Bryan, musiral di- 
rector of AI (J. Field Minstrels, 
and Jeannette M. Haggart, non- 
professional, Jan. 25 at the home of 
the brides mother in Poughkeep- 
sie, N. Y. 

According to rumors coming^rom 
Oakland. Cal.. Jacoo Proebstel, rep- 
resentative of the Elwyn Concert 
Bureau of Portland, Ore., who is in 
eharge of the western tour of the 
San Carlo Opera Co., and Alice 
Gentle are engaged to many. 



BIRTHS. 

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas MacDonaM, 
Ian. 22. at Washington, 1). C. sou. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hodgdon, Jan. 
27, at their home In New Vork, 
daughter. The Hodgdons now have 
three children. Two are boys. 

Mr. and Mrs. Lew M. Goldberg, 
Jan. 26, a son. The father is the 
vaudeville producer and agent for 
Mr. andeMrs. Menlo Moore. ( Moore 
ft Megley. ) in New York, daughter. 



NEW ACTS. 

Cunningham and Bennett in 
"Subjects of the Bay." 

Dorothy Edwards, contralto: Miss 
Qrmsby, soprano, and Mr. Wolf,, 
pianist, in "A Music Corner." Miss 
Edwards is a sister of Gus Edwards, 
who will produce and present the 
turn. 

Maud Ryan (Innis and Ryan), 
single. 

Gormley Sisters (Mat tie and 
Helen), revue. 

Nevins and Gordon in "Doesn't 



Mean A Thing"; three persons. 
Fla., where he is passing the winter | Harvey and Sophie Everett in 'Gold 
in his paltlal residence on the coast. ! and SIlver " ™ ve * * nd T Arnold - All 



Mr. Johnson said: 

"I believe It would be a serious 
mistake to interfere or seek to pre- 
vent moving pictures in Johnson 
City or Endicott on Sunday after- 
noons or evenings. In these times 
*of stress and trouble the moral ef- 
fect of too much regulation of peo- 
ple's private affairs Is very bad, un- 
wholesome, unsafe and unwiso. v Let 
well enough alone." 

"The Record," which hae a large 
circulation among the employes of 
the shoe factories In Johnson City 
and Endicott, "played up" Mr. John- 
son'g telegram In a two-column box 
with a three line caption at the top 
of the front page. The telegram 
was the talk of the county and the 
popular manufacturer, who has built 
his shops and, incidentally, his great 
wealth, on the "square deal" policy 
to people in his emplo/oment. was 
roundly commended for his stand In 
favor of Sunday shows. On the 
i«r hand, the "joy killers" here- 
abouts fell back in their chairs and 
gasped when they read Mr. John- 
son's announcement for, as stated 
previously, they did not believe the 
millionaire would come out in favor 
°f Sunday entertainments. The 
"hollor than thou" element safely , 
was ft truck a hard blow. 

A report was current In Endicott 
this week that It Is not at all un- 
likely that th* voters of the newly 



three acts written by Johnny Hy 
man. 

Guilfoyle and Gayle In "Upside 
Down." Talking and singing. 

Harry Puck with five girls. 



Sand Lake, Feb. S. 

Dear Chick: 

Everything is high attic and no- 
body has been punched In the nose 

for the past 20 minutes so I can 
squawk about nothing except my 
fighter Is beglnnln to get a fat head 
now that he has got the wrinkles 
out of the front of his vest fram 
eatln Ave times a day. 

But he certainly can battle and I 
expect that sooner or later you will 
hear all them New York boxln fans 
singing his praises. The only fight 
he lost since I grabbed him was 
those that I wrote you about beln 
gypped out of. Any time they stage 
anything on the up and up, you can 
bet your lay out against a can of 
11 yung that he'll come down In front 
and cop. 

He knocked another one of them 
home town champs klckin here 
Monday night and they was bettln 
three to one he wouldnt finish ace 
deuce. I had a gut who used to 
work with "Tomato" boxln and 
rubbln him, run out on me when we 
was playing Troy. This bird had 
hoppe^l up here and tipped of a 
local socker named "Kid" Smack 
that "Tomato" could only punch 
with one hand, the right, and 
steamed Smack up to challenge him 
when our act hit this tank. 

The night before the fight "To- 
mato" runs into this bird In one of 
them "speak easier" and goes 
through all the motions of gettln 
tanked up. He was just stallln 
however, and he tips this egg that 
be would like to call off the fight 
as his right hand was so sore ho 
could hardlv *- * g'ove on. This 
is sweet musle to my former mas- 
soger and he right away tells "To- 
mato" not t«> be a sucker and re- 
minds him that he will lose his ap- 
pearance forfeit If he dont answer 
the bell. 

'Tomato" cracks to me about 
what happened, and I sent a couple 
of actors around Smack's camp, 
whero the word had been passed, 
and they was wlllln' to bet- the town 
pump* on the strength of the Inside 
tip they got on "Tomato's" lame 
duke. / 

Monday night when we got in the 
ring I stalled and asked the referee 
If we couldn't have a seven-ounce 
right glove, as my battler's hand 
was inflamed and swollen. The 
guesser was homer, and told us we 
would wear flve-ounce gloves or for- 
feit the fight. 

Over In Smack's corner they ate 
It up and hollored for us to put on 
the gloves and stop beefln'. for 
Smack would take all the pain out 
of "Tomato's" hand by rockln' him 
to sleep right quick. 

While I'm puttin* on the gloves 
"Tomato" goes through all the mo- 
tions of a guy havln' a tooth pulled. 
Pretty soon the bell rang, and out 
went my battler, ustn" his left hand 
most of the time, jabbln' this sap 
away and blockln' with his right and 
groanln' eve-y time he had tc use it. 

Things went along like this for 
three rounds, and "Tomato*' didn't 
(Continued on Page 29.) 



INSIDE STUFF 

ON VAUDEVILLE. 



Just how the producers aligned with the Shuberts are viewing their 
vaudeville prospects doesn't conclusively appear. They seem to be 
waiting further developments of the "Bhubert plan, particularly the an- 
nouncement of what theatres in New York and outside the Shuberts 
intend to devote to vaudeville. While Lee and J. J., whenever they have 
traveled during this season, have announced in each city that they in- 
tended to play vaudeville in it, neither has been definite in mentioning the 
house selected. 

With the theatre shortage of the past two seasons, another shortage 
would come about next season If the show business again picks up and 
attractions go out. The bad business so far this season has loft many 
out of town houses open for any policy, but the big city congestion where 
runs may be had has not changed. • 



The Shuberts are reported to have attempted interesting their legit 
producers in the vaudeville plan, but without any substantia' bucccss. 
A. II. Woods was said to have been approached by the Shuberts several 
times, but so far as known he did little else than listen. The now 
Woods house in Chicago, yet unopen, was undergrounded as the Shuberts' 
vautevllle home there, but it's unlikely through the capacity. That 
house will not seat over 1,300, if that, it is said. The Shuberts might go 
after the Auditorium, Chicago, as K. & E. did with their "Advanced 
Vaudeville." The Auditorium, with George W. Ledcrer with his "Steam 
Roller'' at the head of the K. & E. vaudeville, did regular business and 
was the direct means of frightening the Orpheuni Circuit people in the 
West into insisting that they, with the Keith interests in New York, 
come to an understanding with K. & E., which they did, paying K. & E. 
$250,000 and assuming their contracts. K. & E. at that very time were 
av ay "overboard" with those self same contracts, having more acts to 
place than houses to place them in. Had the Keith people held off for 
another two weeks, K. & E. probably would have paid them instead to 
take the contracts off their hands. 



IT the Shuberts play their vaudeville as road shows (revues) without 
the regular vaudeville bill, the question of how many performances 
weekly may come up. It's questionable if a troupe in a revue held to- 
gether by a story which will cause the appearance of artists more than 
once in the performance will agree to two shows daily, the customary 
vaudeville number. If playing eight performances weekly under a 
revue blanket, that sort of performance will hardly be looked upon as big 
time opposition unless the admission price Is cut to meet tho vaudeville 
top scale, or below it. The matter of extra performances In that case 
would also be taken up by the actors no doubt, and would be of con- 
sul* iable importance. If playing a straight vaudeville program, the Shu- 
l)ei is will have to engage many of the smaller turns that heretofore they 
have not used. That would also have to be done If the Shuberts take 
on outside bookings, such as Fox. In any event if the Shuberts go after 
vaudeville acts they will create competition for them, something the big 
time I.ms not had, other than in its own offices, since William Morris' 
days. At least that will create a demand for a certain grade of turn, 
though the Shuberts' vaudeville value to tho artist in general will be 
much lessened if it does not take in the entire field. 



T."«. Bhtibort said the other day, speaking of the vaudeville: "We are. 
goiiiK about this slowly but surely. There's no hurry and we intend to 
be properly set when starling. We were with the K. & E. vaudeville, as 
you know, ami we learrtVd a lot from it that we are guiding ourselves 
by now. There will be no K. & E. about this one." Lee some months ago 
when stating the Shuberts were serious in their vaudeville plan, said at 
that time they would not open a circuit without having 20 houses, and at 
tb:it particular time, he staled, they had but 12 in sight. 



If has boon about eoncedod of past years that vaudeville seldom \tnds 
■ re.il box olllce card, Whether it's a new turn or an established one. Ea« !i 
net may be said to draw- something and a headline perhaps enough to 
attract passing notice. By a real draw is meant someone who can in- 

jcroase the gross over the average and leaves no doubt there is „. strong 

'box o til re demand. 

But two positive instances have come up so far this season. One. w..- 
Ethei l.evev at the Palace, New York, last "week. While in vaudevil! • for 
one week dTily, Miss. Levey was a furore around the Palace. People went 
there who had never be for j been in the house in all probability, and thai 
Miss Levey's draw was extensive could be gleaned through the varied 
assortment of patrons who expressly called at the theatre to see her. 

The other instance is the Gus Edwards' new act in which he personally' 
appears. Though a big act, Edwards' pronounced draught at the I. ex 
Office made it imperative the big time assign his turn a route, even in tt 
midst of an unheard-of congestion in bookings. There has not been the 
power displayed In years by any production turn in vaudeville thai 
Edwards has shown since appearing with the new act around the New 
York houses. 



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The vaudeville managers from the central west visited New York la I 
week seeking a new booking connection. The men said they represent; <l 
six houses and spoke for the other managers, all of whom are now •tfp- 
plied through the same office. 

The managers stated they wore dissatisfied because of shows costing 
too much, but admitted that industrial conditions were to blame tor tb 
failure of their houses to show a profit. They also admitted that before 
the factories started going on part time or closed altogether that there 
was no complaint. 

An independent booker was appealed to. He explained It was impos- 
sible to supply them with shows for less money. He also discussed bis 
own euso, saying he had spent $10,000 trying to put over an Independent 
agency but had not succeeded. 

It Is not known whether the managers made new booking arrange - 
nients. but left the city with the Information that they could more easily 
cut down the cost of their shows than secure new independent booking. 



At Frank Fay's concert at the Cort Sunday night a nine-year-old ntooa 
of Harrison Fisher, the artist, was coaxed upon the stage and Melted 
"Neros Last Hour." Applauded 1'or a encore, her uncle, seated In a box, 
eras appealed to for a suggestion, and the kiddie then offered ■pmethtrti) 
in Italian. 

Following that Frisco, the jazz-hound, called out from the back ol 
the bouse: "Say, Frank, now let's have something in Yiddish so we cur 
all understand it." After the show he, insisted on meeting th" Child's 
imi'!", Ht uttering that he always wanted to meet "Bud" Fisher. 



RAY and EMMA DEAN 

"THE LAUGHING STOCK OF VAUDEVILLE" 



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amalgamated village may find be- j Finally landed in NVw York to meet big success. Making them laugh *>. 
fere I hem, when they enter the poll- J l«>ud and ruart;. as we did In the West, 
inp plane* , lrT t Mareh, a proposition 
to do.lnre for and against Sunday 



films. 



Please lay off our new title or I'll gh . e you tbo dirtiest pinch? 
See MAX HAYKS f<>r further detail* stout the pinch. Begat oS to 
BREULRR and JACOBH. 



Eighteen months ago Harry Dewhurst was a judge of the superior 
court, silting in Los Angeles. He was dignified, prosperous, smooth 
Shaven* In a few weeks he will be back in I/Os Angeles, with wMskcra 
to 1 its waist, blowing a clarinet in tho House of David Band, working f<>i- 
bis -keep." 

Clifford and Bothwell ate the originators, as far as anyone knows, of 
lie Idea of the man painting on a woman's bare back. The lady has 
.. vety pretty back and the man saints a very pretty rose on it. For 
pari the team was identified with this "business." I-ast week it played 
:he Hippodrome, Chicago, and to Its amasement was Informed that an- 
other net on the earlier "shift" had used the bit. Clifford interviewed 
i be man and there was a lively row. The infringer was ordered to 
cut It OU1 and walked off the bill. 



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MAJESTIC, CHICAGO. 

Chicago, Feb. 2. 

On«* uf tnt host vaudeville bills at 
tins house In a long time. If there* 
tvas a fault it was With the theatre 
orchestra not seeming able to pick 
up (he tempo of several of the acts, 
but it waa Monday*! matinee. 

The show started extra early. The 
first three a<ns were of the novelty 
sort, and would usually be termed 
"aiienl acts." The tirst was Ama- 
ranth Bister*, two good-lookim? girls 
with French manneristm, who tried 
very hard to introduce themselves 
*ith a song, but fell by the wayside, 
an dancing is their forte. The 
■mailer one does some acrobatic 
twists and turns that pulled strong 
applau.se. and for a tinish they com- 
bined the French grace with Ameri- 
can pep to bring them back to many 
bows. Dotson did more than hold 
the number two spot — he enter- 
tained. Also a dancer, but does some 
gab that found healthy laughs. His 
"fit" dance as a closer could have 
tied the show up, but he took his 
two bows, held his hand up for 
silence, then left. 

Koyal Gascoignes In "two." with 



into the avenues where the Ameri- 
can public will kneel at her feet — 
mark the prophecy. 

Fox follows the Barr Twins, 
dancing sisters. This should not be 
entirely new to him. In the Barrs, 
however, there is scarcely any other 
parallel with thu trans-Atlantic 
Dollys. They are a sprightly pair, 
have charm and grace and neat 
frocks and Kube Ueekwith, a like- 
able boy, at the piano, but they reg- 
ister no vivid reactions; Just a nice 
sister team. 

The Dancing Kennedys started 
off this bill (one of the best playing 
combinations of months) with speed 
and variety of ballroom and trick 
work, very heartily accepted. Reed 
and Tucker followed with their fid- 
dles and mild "nut" stuff, going for 
several bows and all-around satis- 
faction. Miss Lolya Adler (New 
Acts) held up splendidly in third 
position. (Jlcnn and Jenkins, with 
much new material and many new 
laughs, assassinated the mob, wrung 
it dry and left It yowling for more. 

Roy La Fearl, with his camouflage 
ing-act opening, went slowly for a 
minute, then his two wonderful 



a spocial blue velvet drop, did some 'plants in the box stirred up a com- 
motion and afTer that there were 
convulsions of laughter. The pianist 
sang a song and La Pearl sang one. 
They could easily have done a third. 
I.a Pearl really was cheating with 
the pipes, because he is a ballad 
seller of stellar type and should bal- 
lad sell. This is no reflection on the 
comedy, which never lagged^. He 
should keep it all in and top it all 
with a solo. He could scarcely "go " 
much stronger, however, if he did. 

Claude and Marion ripped off a 
comedy howl next, the big lady and 
the meek man gagging and clown- 
ing. At times the material seemed 
ragged, but Miss Marion could al- 
ways yank a laugh with facial and 
physical aids. Her song numbers, 
in an extraordinarily powerful voice 
and spectacular delivery, hit re- 
soundingly. Osaki and Taki closed. 

Loir. 



novelty Juggling with Knglish talk 
that found ready response. Gas- 
coigne is a showman of first water 
and deserves a spot on a bill. His 
double somersaulting dog only does 
two tricks now; his feminine assist- 
ant is good to look at and well 
dressed. 

L. Wolfe Gilbert, assisted by his 
singing maid, a piano player, per- 
sonality and a dozen or more well- 
remembered popular numbers, more 
than held his own in making it an 
enjoyable afternoon. His new num- 
ber, one of those singable whistling 
ballads, and his singing of his old 
tunes helped to stop his own act, 
necessitating several encores. Im- 
hof. Conn and Coreeno sure were 
among friends, and on entrance 
were freely cheered. Though this 
sketch, "The Pest House," has been 
aeen here quite a few times, it never 
went better. At times the laughter 
was so hilarious that the artists Just 
couldn't talk and had to wait for the 
folks out front. Imhof has won a 
niche in the hearts of Taudeville- 
goers, and any time he wants to 
cash in on his reputation he can step 
out as a character single and still 
be welcome. He is one of the insti- 
tutions of vaudeville, and from the 
remarks heard in the audience and 
the ovation given him on his ap- 
pearance could easily stand headline 
honors. 

Claudius and Scarlet were almost 
ruined by the orchestra, but when 
they started strumming their banjos 
end the old, songs appeared on the 
drop it was easy sailing. Franklyn 
Ardell, in his latest sketch, "King 
Solomon. Jr.," and his wonderful 
supporting cast, were a howl. Two 
of the cast could easily stand a little 
billing, as they do much to put the 
story over. First is Marjorie Clem- 
ents, as wife number three, and the 
wise-cracking chorus girl, possessed 
of a clear-voice, an expressive face 
and an individual mannerism that 
Fhould carry her far. Wife number 
six. Helen Goodhue, a suffragette 
type with a militant voice and man- 
ner, set a fast pace 'for the other 
girls to follow. Ardell, in his light 
and ad lib fresh style, went over 
with a vengeance. Miller and Mack, 
though not finding as easy going as 
at the Palace, put their bing comedy 
over in fast, snapfry style, their ac- 
robatic finishing dance, as always, a 
sure-fire hit and applause winner. 
Joseph De Kos Co. must have for- 
gotten that they were closing the 
show, ana started introducing them- 
selves in pantomime, but on seeing 
the rush to get out they settled to 
their work of standing on each 
other's heads-and throwing flip flops 
to a satisfied bunch of matinee - 
goers. 



STATE-LAKE, CHICAGO. 

Chicago, Feb. 2. 
Monohan and Co., a roller skating 
act, with a dummy being utilized at 
the finish for some fast whirlwind 
skating. BaJ>cock and Dolly, a man 
and woman (Impending on two ab- 
breviated gowns worn by the woman 
and a couple of neck spins and falls 
by the male member. Not State- 
Lake quality. Newell and Most are 
well known in the west, having 
headed some of the more pretentious 
tabloids when they were in vogue. 
They have all the grace and class of 
a xnusiral comedy couple and were 
the first hit of the bill. 

Jack Rose, with Jimmie Stelger at 
the piano, clowned, sang number*, 
blew his whistle to everybody's sat- 
isfaction and a smashing applause 
hit. Jaek can stay around here for 
six months and still bo new. He 
may be nutty, but he knows what 
he's doing and never oversteps him- 
self once. 

Patton and Marks in "Bits and 
Pieces" is a gem of a piglet and for 
this sterling young couple proves a 
perfect vehicle. They look and act 
the real artists that they are, and 
musical comedy is paging them fast. 
ftae Samuels with her catalog of 
sure-fire songs went for another hit. 
She made a shorf speech and bogged 
off. Herman and Shirley in their 
almost-a-sketch, with the man's 
super-contortion dancing, made an 
excellent closer to an all around 
good bill. 

Bob Hall cleaned up at the after- 
noon show, the State-Lake being 
one of his high spots. Pearson, New- 
port and Pearson not seen. 



PALACE, CHICAGO. 

Chicago, Feb. 2. 
Harry Fox, with his banter, his 
wicked wisdom and his poignant 
personality, headlining, assisted by 
the irresistibly beautiful Beatrice 
Curtis, who stands forth in this inti- 
mate house more incredibly alluring 
even than at the more conventional 
theatres; the girl has an adorable 
dramatic power withal and her dic- 
tion is. like her person, superb. She 
will bo a star in romantic plays as 
certainly as she continues to follow 
the stage. Praise be to the gods that 
she cannot aing — this will lead her 



some returns on her singing. 

Francis, Clark and Brown, two 
men and a girl, offered a sketch 
called "Walters Wanted," formerly 
done by Cole, Russell and Davis. 
The curtain rises to the girl hanging 
up a menu sign in front of a restau- 
rant. There Is a crash of dishes, 
and she immediately turns the sign 
around. It reads: "Waiters Wanted." 
On come the two men, who are ex- 
convicts, and are offered the Job. 
followed by a lot of bright lines as 
to where they were employed last, 
how long, etc. They are informed 
by the girl that they will be known 
by numbers, the men replying that 
they are familiar with the routine. 
For a finish the trio start to har- 
monize a song that sounded good as 
far as they went; but one of the 
boys took the girl's watch off her 
wrist; she blew a police whistle; an 
officer appeared and walked the 
two men off the stage. In taking 
their bows the officer also comes on 
for no reason whatsoever, as he is 
not programed, and does not appear 
until the finish, he probably being 
a stage hand. The turn took three 
solid bows. 

Then came Gil Brown's "Juvenili- 
ties," seven girls and a boy. A 
quartet of girls open with a bare- 
foot dance, followed by Melba 
Goodman ainging "La Veeda," that 
went for a positive hit. A too dance 
by Miss Payne, and then her spe- 
cialty with her brother In "one." 
These kids never appeared at a 
better advantage before; they were< 
given the opportunity, and -their 
talents were brought out by their 
director. Miss Payne's yodeling of 
"Mammy," and the way she deliv- 
ered "Lena" in character form, sent 
her off big. Master Payne's dance 
and violin playing also registered. 
Every member of the act is local 
talent, and, in all, the act is worthy 
the price of admission. Murray 
Bennett held the next to closing 
position. He sang songs and told 
stories, end held his auditors in 
high spirits. 

Al Espe (formerly Espe and Dut- 

ton), assisted by Flgarda Saisha 

and Alan Francis, closed. Here is 

an act worthy of big time — class. 

comedy and merit. The act opens 

in "one" with some comedy talk 

between Espe and Francis, the kind 

of talk that man: acrobats strive 

for, but fail to attain. Francis then 

goes into a violin bit with Espe 

continuing the comedy, followed 

with a double comedy song and 

acrobatic dance. Then they go into 

full stage with Elgarda Saisha 

doing a French maid, not. only 

sweet to look at, but a real help in 

the act. Espe does some cannon 

ball and torpedo Juggling, and when 

he started catching -the torpedoes 

on the nape of his neck he brought 

the audience to its feet. This is a 

sensational act that's a big feature 

for the small time and deserving of 

a position on the big time, for it 

holds everything. 



HICKS' CAMPAIGN ON 

Hotel Paper Proposes Manager as 
Boxing Head. 



Friday, February 4, 1921 
STATE-LAKE THEATRE BUILDING 



Chicago, Feb. 2. 

The Daily National Hotel Re- 
porter, in a front-page outburst last 
week, nominated Leonard Hicks, 
president of the "Greeters," head of 
the Grant and Lorraine hotels here 
and several restaurants, to top the 
new boxing commission of Illinois, 
now that it appears a boxing bill is 
about to be passed. 

Hicks has toured the stato with 
pro-boxing propaganda. He has an 
immense acquaintance in the thea- 
trical and sporting world and lias 
been a factor for clean and manly 
sports for many years. He is only 
34 years old, but has been a man- 
ager of downtown hotels for a dozen 
years. He Is the husband of one of 
the Millership sisters. 



AT AMERICAN HOSPITAL. 

Chicago, Fib. 2. 
Dr. Max Chorek has reported on 
tire fallowing patients at the Amer- 
ican Theatrical Hospital: Fred 
Kennedy, tabloid comedian, dis- 
charged; Charles Phillips, of Jones, 
Linick & Schaefer staff, fractured 
knee-cap, discharged; Jimmie 
O'Brien (O'Brien and Shelley Twins), 
intestinal trouble, discharged; Mar- 
garet Keefe ("On Fifth Avenue"), 
appendicitis operation, discharged; 
Maide De Long, appendicitis opera- 
tion, convalescing; Paul Biese, lead- 
er, intestinal operation, discharged; 
Mrs. Sadie Lurton, Biese's mother, 
hernia operation, doing well; Alice 
Pinard of "Bringing Up Father." ab- 
dominal tumor operation, dis- 
charged; Mrs. Geirman. sister of 
Freda Leonard, stomach ulcer opera- 
tion, . discharged; Helen Graham, 
Lottio Mayer Company, foot injury, 
recovering. 



"TIX-TOK EEVUE" CLOSES 

Chicago. Feb. 2. 
"The "Tik-Tok Heviic,"' produced 
by Victor Hyde, aft^r playing the 
Interstate Circuit and' the State- 
Lake, here, eSoaed and returned to 
New York, failing of further rout- 
ings. 



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AMERICAN, CHICAGO 

Chicago, Feb. 2. 

One of the best miniature musical 
revues ever offered here in some 
time is that of Gil Brown's "Juve- 
nilities," with an abundance of 
scenery, songs, dances, music and 
talent, featuring Melba Goodman 
and the Payne Children. This re- 
vue followed Brown's "Spic and 
Span," that went for a hit at this 
house Just two weeks ago. As the 
act stands now, it is worthy of the 
better houses. 

The bill was opened by Torellis* 
Circus, with a man assisting for the 
comedy, who was probably one of 
the hostlers, judging from the way 
he handles himself. In some parts 
the act dragged, as it appears that 
a new dog was being broken in and 
would not take the cues, or was too 
timid to do so. For a finish they 
brought on the never^/ailing laugh- 



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singing songs, a piano solo by Miss 
Wing getting most out of their 
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Chicago, Feb. 2. 

Perhaps the most interesting act 
on the bill for the last half was that 
of Tom and Ada Leo. The act was 
formerly known as Tom Foolery 
and Co., man, woman and dog, the 
latter not used in the new act. They 
carry a beautiful cyelorama drop 
with a center opening, and the stage 
Is dressed a la production style, 
showing off several pieces of expen- 
sive furniture. Their efforts are 
centered on making their offering 
presentable for the better houses. 
This team go through fast juggling, 
balancing of cue sticks and billiard 
balis, and the smashing of crockery. 
The woman is of a type very pleas- 
ing and makes a splendid foil to 
the man's comedy, as a drunk. The 
act went over for a smash hit. and 
was worthy of all It got. Next was 
J. Aldrlch Libbey, a graduate of the 
old school, who never changes. 

Waak and Leonard Sisters, a 
musical act, open In front of a drop 
showing an ocean liner at night. A 
pantomime bit by the man and one 
of the girls at the opening of the 
act would lead the audience to be- 
lieve that a blood-curdling drama is 
about to be staged, but their minds 
are soon enlightened when the girl 
••emoves the cover from a harp and 
plays a ballad on it. She is then 
Joined by the other two with a vio- 
lin and saxophone for several se- 
lections in trios, duets and singles. 
The combination of "Swanee" and 
"Home Sweet Home" by the trio, 
and a ballad by the man on a large 
tuba, went for a solid round of ap- 
plause. 

The- two Lees, a man and a wom- 
an, with comedy cross firo thattor, 
the man doing the neighborhood 
cop Jffith Irish dialect, opens with a 
number, and she then exits. The 
tad copper then appears, and directs 
traffic, with a few wise cracks. The 
woman come on again in a change, 
and they counter a lot of old and 
new gags. A little more attention 
should be paid by the woman to her 
makeup. 

The next-to-closing spot was al- 
lotted tc "Thelma," a blonde, who 
pleased with her violin and songs. 
"Thelma" played a medley of songs, 
and then put over three nifty char- 
acter numbers In Irish, Hebrew and 
Italian. Another violin solo, for a 
closer sent her off to two bows. The 
Four Novelty Pierots, with gro- 
tesque makeup and some fast hand- 
to-hand and pyramid-building, 
closed, the women doing most of 
the understanding. 



hio:igo. Feb. 2. 

Frenr, Raggott and Freaf show 
Bpeed in warming up with a fast 
routine of juggling baseball bats and 
the throwing of hats. Solid applause. 
Callen and Kmyon, two entertain* is 
of the rathskeller type, sang several 
songs of the pop order, and went 
over nicely. 

Ed and Emma Lee open in a 
garden set singing a double num- 
ber. Miss Lee, wljo is of the chubby 
type, nice appearance, puts her toe 
dance over in style. Another num- 
ber by the man and a double jazz 
number by the pair sent them off to 
good returns, 

Ardell and Tracy, man and woman, 
with the man using Swede dialect. 
He plays three selections on a cello, 
one a classic. "Tosti's Good -Bye" 
by the girl and a couple of pop 
songs complete their offering. 

Up to this point there was nothing 
but singing, and no signs of comedy, 
until Yorke and Maybelle made their 
appearance and knocked them. Miss 
Maybelle is of the sweet colleen type, 
while Yorke does the extreme nut. 
Had to beg off. 

"Pinched," a four-people skit, 
three men and a woman. The scene 
takes place in the Judge's private 
chamber, and is of the underworld. 
The curtain rises to a dark stage 
with several lines spoken by the 
Jurist before the lights thrown In. 
the stage crew probably being re- 
sponsible for that. It carries a 
punch for this kind of an audience, 
and received half a dozen curtain 
calls. Keating and Ross, long and 
short, are really two good singles 
that can't miss In making a good 
double with their songs and sure- 
fire grotesquo dance that is placed 
to close. They proved another hit. 
The International Revue, seven men 
representing the seven warring na- 
tions, with Hebrew and Negro used 
for comedy purposes; the entire Idea 
is done as a minstrel act with an 
American officer as the interlocutor 
and the other men dressed in their 
no five costumes. The idea, though 
goo ^, is produced in a small -time 
way. It found a ready welcome at 
this house. 



TWO LEADING WOMEN 

Lizzie H. Collier and Katharine 
Grey Alternate in "The Bat." 

v Chicago, Feb. 2. 

Lizzie Hudson Collier is back in 
the leading role with "The Bat.* 
Miss Collier, who opened here, gave 
one performance when she v» 
taken seriously ill and sent to th« 
hospital, and replaced by Katherin% 
Grey. 

On the return of Miss Collier, It 
was decided to allow the players to 
alternate. 

As this show will play eleven per- 
formances a week hereafter, they 
will each draw a lull week's salary. 

ALICE GENTLE IN STOCK. 

Baa Francisco, Feb. 2. 

Hugh Knox has been engaged by 
Manager Jim MacArthur, of the 
Ye Liberty theatre, Oakland, to se- 
lect the company which will play 
dramatic stock at that house fol- 
lowing the conclusion of the winter 
season of road attractions. 

Knox's first official act was to sign 
up Alice Gentle for ten weeks at: 
$1,000 weekly to play the lead. Mis* 
Gentle has considerable following ia 
the East Bay city. March 1 will see 
the opening of the company. Knox 
is now in Los Angeles looking over 
the field for artb 



H0LT-R0SEDALE HIT • 

# Chicago, Feb. 2. 

Vivian Holt and Lillian Rosedale 
have left the Mclntyre and Heath 
show to accept engagements in con- 
cert work at the superior picture* 
production houses. 

They opened at the Riviera for 
Balaban & Katz and were signed 
for six weeks with a return later. 
They have some eontr..< ia for fur- 
ther Victor records which interfere 
with* consecutive bookings. 

CLAIM BILLING 

Chicago, Feb. 2. 
LeRoy and Cooper filed a com* 
plaint with the Billy Jackson 
Agency and the \V. V. M. A. against 
Smith and Benson, for using the 
billing "Two Boys and a Piano"— 
claiming to have originated th.ii/ 
billing six years ago. and want pro- 
tection on their originality. 



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Chicago. Feb. 2. 
Weinaarden and Billy Kinf 
have taken over tho Grand theatre* 
Thirty -first and State streets, in- 
stalling colored stock. This com-- 
pany will play for four Weeks, then 
to New York, Washington and Bal 
timore. 



CHICAGO NOTES. 

Chicago, Feb. 2. 

Harriette Eldridge, of Eldridgt, 
Barlowe and Eldridge, was taken 
suddenly ill while playing a local 
engagement and rushed home. 
Pneumonia set in which had made 
it necessdry for the act to cancel 
their Loew bookings. 

Rose Cohen, private secretary tr 
Claude "Tink" Humphreys, wai 
taken seriously ill and when takei 
to the hospital an immediate opera- 
tion was ordered. Miss Cohen il 
convalescing though she will b« 
away for six weeks. 

Gordon Walton, who has had 
charge of the cabaret department o( 
the Unity Vaudeville Exchange, re* 
signed Jan. 26 and will present set*! 
eral acts under his personal direo 
tion. 




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J, L & S. TO ADD EIGHT MORE 



THEATRES TO LOEW CIRCUIT 






ave Acquired Three Saxe Bros. Downtown Houses 
and Will Build Five More— Will Spend $6,000,- 
000 in New Buildings. 



SPORTS 



STATE-LAKE THEATRE BUILDING 



a«:cr of tho Cleveland Americans, 
vv.i.i recently made pilot of the Al- 
bany Club. 



1HM 



Chicago, Feb. 2. 

I Jones, Linick & Sehaefer have ac- 
ulred threo downtown picture 
ouses and announce five new thea- 
tres to play Marcus Loew vaudeville 
Lre. This la one of the most sudden 
E momentous theatre announce- 
ments in Chicago historj 

The throe-firm has purchased 
from Saxe Brothers of Milwaukee 
the three Harry Moir exhibition 
houses which the Saxes acquired a 
month or less ago. They are the 
Boston. Rose. Alcaaar, not pretend- 
tious theatre.-*, but ideally located 
and always fortune-makers owinp 
to their continuous day and night 
•lay. The Saxes found that their 
jeleaae contracts were not strong 
tnough in Chicago territory to war- 
ant operating these theatres. This 
rives J. I.*. & S. six houses within 
fte "Loop/' MeVleker's, the Rial to. 
JfcndoJph, Orpheum, Bijou Dream 
id Lyric. 

The five new theatres start with 
eaking ground this week for a 3.- 
seat house in Roseland, on the 
.south side. The other four will 
tproad over considerable dis- 
cos, taking in prosperous neigh - 
rheod centers. All will be built 
uUaneously, at a cost of some 
,000,000. 

Loew vaudeville has never been 
presented here in proportion to 
the size of the town, owing to the 
dly agreement between Loevv 
d. Jones to play no Loew policy 
re except in the J. L. &. S houses, 
w Chicago will have seven Loew' 
udeville theatres, McVicker's .and 
e Rialto now being in the chain, 
cw is said to be not financially 
interested in any of the new thea- 
tres. 



EQUITY CAUSES SALE 



Klimt 



Assumes "Gumps" 
A. E. A. Claims. 



and Its 



Chicago, Feb. 2. 

George Klimt, of Klimt, Bunnell 
& Norton, has taken over "The 
clomps," a local cartoon musical 
show, releasing his partners from 
all claims. 

Among the liabilities were de- 
mands by the A. K. A. for perform- 
ances lost in South Bend, Elkhart, 
Tipton and MIddleton, Ind. In South 
Bend the- show could not play be- 
cause of fire in the theatre; at Tip- 
ton factories had shut down and 
the house refused to play the pro- 
duction; at Tipton it was found 
"Listen tester" had previous con- 
tract. Klimt stood for arbitration, 
choosing Robert Sherman as his rep- 
resentative. 

Now that -a change has taken 
place in the ioeal lenity manage- 
ment an adjustment is looked tor. 



IN CHICAGO FRIDAY 

Variety 



Reaching West 
Earlier. 



One Day 



CHICAGO'S NEW PARK. 



Coeper Gets 53 Acres for Amuse- 
ment Venture. 



Chicago, Feb. 2. 

Chicago Is to have a new $500 000 
open air amusement park next sum- 
mer. It will be called Woodlands 
an* will be at Milwaukee avenue 
and Devon, on the extreme north- 
west side, 

Paul W. Cooper, formerly Identi- 
fied with Rlvervlew, In the same 
general locality, la president and 
promoter. Walter Johnson, mana- 
ger of concessions at RIverview. 
will perform similar functions here. 
Ground spanning 03 acres has been 
leased. 



Variety is now on sale weekly in 
Chicago on Friday. It la one day 
earlier than formerly and now 
comes out locally on the stands the 
s.ime day distributed 1q New i'ork. 

For two weeka noW^Varlety has 
been making Chicago by Friday, the 
first time since it has been pub- 
lished. 



All the pow-wows of the big 
gathering of speed ico skaters held 
at the Lake Placid International 
Meet last February designed to 
bring into the control of the ama- 
teur skaters themselves the run- 
ning of all amateur meets through- 
out America have come to naught. 
Though an organization was formed 
and by-laws formulated, with promi- 
nent amateur skaters empowered to 
act, the professional managers of 
the International League licked the 
amateurs and now run things as 
high-handed as ever. 

Professionalism is indicated in the 
constitution of the Amateur League 
by anyone who makes modey 
through practice of. the sport, di- 
rectly or by proxy. *STet the league 
almost in its entirety Is composed 
of officers who are themselves rink 
owners, professional hockey club 
owners, directors or stockholders 
or executives of firms dealing In 
skating supplies. 

Al. Moeller, a clean amateur who 
attempted to give the professional 
heads of the amateur body battle 
last season, was given an uncere- 
monious canning after several meet- 
ings held ostensibly to try him on 
charges, but obviously held to give 
him the gate and get him out of 
tne way of the freedom that the 
professional directors of the ama- 
teur ranks desired. 

The way Moeller was canned, 
after years of faithful amateur 
service, without a chance for a 
come-back, must stand as one of 
the reasons why the best lovers of 
clean amateur sport ran not con- 
sistently consider ice speed skating 
as coming legitimately within the 
interpretaton of an amateur pas- 
time. 



of Watesford. and Assemblyman 
John T. Merrigan of Albany, intro- 
duced in the No . York State Legis- 
lature at Albany Tuesday nUht a 
bill fixing a penalty for bribery of 
baseball players. The bill wns 
drafted to prevent a repetition of 
the unpleasantness that cropped up 
prior to the recent World's series, 
when it was alleged that certain 
members of the Chicago Cubs were 
bribed to "throw" the 1919 world's 
series to the Cincinnati Reds. 

The sponsors of the bill are con- 
sidering a suggestion that the meas- 
ure be amended to Include all 
branches of sport, particularly 
wrestling. 

The penalty for a person guilty 
of bribing a baseball player to 
"throw" a game or a player con- 
victed of "throwing" a contest, calls 
for a fine of $10,000 and Imprison- 
ment in the penitentiary for not 
less than one year and not more 
than five years. 

Johnny Kvers. of Troy, manager 
of tho Chicago Nationals, is behind 
th^ bill, and ip statements to the 
newspapers appealed to the fans 
to support the measure and to art » 
legislators in their district to vote 
for its passage. 



BATTLES FOR BABY 

Bernlce Roloff Faints in Suit Al 
legmfl Cruelty. 



Chicago, Feb. 2. 

Mrs. Bernlce Roloff, professional 
dancer, fainted in court after telling 
her woes against Alex. Roloff, New 
York dancer, her husband. She 
said Roloff beat her and deserted 
her in Little Rock two years ago, 
breaking up their vaudeville act 
and causing her removal to the hos- 
pital, and that he 'took their baby 
from her. Roloff, she said, gave the 
child to a Mrs. McCoy. 

The court action was to recover 
the child, Mrs. McCoy contesting the 
claim. 

Decision was reserved. 



PETE SCHAEFER, PRES. 

Chicago, Feb. 2. 

Peter J. Sehaefer, of Jones, Linick 
LA Sehaefer, was elected president 
Jf the Allied Amusement Associa- 
tion, to succeed Maurice Choynski. 

This is the local league of picture 
exhibitors. 



TELL TAYLOR DIVORCE 

Chicago. Feb. 2. 
Xell Taylor, snng writer and pub« 
Usher, is suing his latest wife. Mrs. 
Blanche Ming Taylor, sjor a divorce I 
charging her with cruelty and 
naming six alleged admirers. 



FIGHTING MONARCH HOTEL 

Chicago. Feb. 2. 
The local A. E. A. representative 
has sent communications to all on 
Ids mailing list that the Monarch 
Hotel is "unfair" to members. Pat- 
rick Flynn recently took over the 
hotel and Immediately dispossessed 
numerous artists who had birds, 
dogs and other pets and stage ani- 
n.als. Recently he put out Frank 
llropor for an old account, first 
I birring all of Hooper's personal ef- 
fect, even to his toilet articles. 







errace 

Garden 

Caj&ASSI MOST SfttrTfrut 

nESlAUHAMr-THLATftl. 

Booking High Class 
Refined Attractions 

OOUBLCt - TRIOS - QUARTETTES 



LANDS CANUCK SH0W8 

Chicago, Feb. 2. 
Hthel Robinson, head of Robinson 
'air Attractions, landed the West- 
ern Cnnadlan Fairs, both the A and 
B class— the A consists of five 
weeks, said to be the lurgest fair 
In the world, while the B Is six 
weeks. 

The Wortham chows will be the 

Carnival company, while M1ss.Kot>- 

nson furnishes the free attractions 

and outdoor events. This Is the 

• :-,,m 11 vat all. falrmen and outdoor 

uowflnea g»» after. 



Mari<» <i. 1 »i Pirro, Assemblyman 
from the 20ih District, Manhattan, 
has introduced a bill to legalize 
Sunday football games. Mr. I)i , 
Pirro draws a vivid word picture of 
the inspiration afforded youth .by 
watching men like Jim Thorpe, 
McMillan, IJoynton, and in com- 
menting upon *ts effect upon college 
athletes, he says, "The number Ol 
college football stars who in recent 
years have become recruits to the 
professional football ranks would 
indicate that the fear of pollution 
exists only in the twisted souls and 
brains of certain objectors to every 
thing that is vigorous and virile 
and not in the normal brains and 
souls of the participants and fol- 
lowers of the sport." 

Commenting upon the superior 
article of sport produced by profes- 
sionals In contrast with the under- 
graduate variety and touching upon 
the immense turnouts at the pro- 
fessional football game staged at 
the Polo Ground" recently and the 
popularity of professional basket 
ball recenfly introduced, he makes 
a point that it stimulates participa- 
tion and attendance, 

Di Pirro also contends that the 
modern open formation game can 
be followed by any normal intelli- 
gence that a local football team 
would foster civic pride. 

Concluding, he says, "The only 
serious objection to the holding of 
Sunday football contests will be a 
squeal of the small fry promoter, 
and the squawk, of the sanctimon- 
ious, 4)1 uc- law advocate. 



The Tendler-Jaekson go, at Mil- 
waukee, was as lively a fracas as the 
sports have lamped in many a sea- 
son. Jackson was fast but weak. 
Tondler was steady but not so fast. 
Put both the 135 -pounders were act- 
ive all thpough and It was a test for 
the observer to follow the work, so 
steadily did they swap wallops. On 
l!ie showing. Jackson hasn't a chance 
with Tendler, and neither has a 
chance with Leonard. A young kid 
named lOanny Kramer, Tendler's un- 
derstudy, showed more class In the 
prelim than his tutor in the star 
bout. He weighed 122, but they say 
he can make bantam. If he can^he'll 
clean up tffltt section. They say he 
finished with eight knockouts in his 
last eight times out. This time he 
-hi id low one Rerger In thre rounds 
with a sock in the liver. 



Johnnio Daly, who showed Fred 
Stone how to manage the Ice blades 
aft»*r several other crack profes- 
sional tutors had failed to bring tin 
elastic Stone through, is now; po< U 
eted near Cooperatown, N. if., 
training a lot of raw material in 
the art of vining. head spinning, and 
general lee convolutions. Dal> 
proposes next year to head a com- 
pany of fast professionals through 
the Canadas and t.te ice sectiens 
of tho States, with programs of 
contests of long and short distances 
open to all comera. Mart Woods, 
record holder for fast and distance 
contests, will be among Daly's 
headliners. 

Republican leaders of the State 
Legislature are conaldering a plan 
to levy a tax on professional base- 
ball, football and other sports for 
purposes of revenue. According to 
official figures obtained by Vari- 
ety's Albany correspondent at the 
state treasurer's office, the receipts 
to date from the state boxing com- 
mission have reached* the total of 
$101,738.7. 

The total expense of the boxing 
commission from the time the com- 
missioners took office last fall has 
been $21,385.99, according to the of- 
ficial figures, leaving a clean profit 
for the state of $80,379.77 for four 
months. 



The Albany club withdrew from 
tho New l'ork State Basketball 
league at*a meeting of the organi- 
sation in the Mohawk Hotel, Sche- 
nectady, Sunday. The \willulrawal 
was the culmination of a contro- 
versy that existed since a recent 
near riot in Amsterdam when a mob 
of Amsterdam fans attacked Ref- 
eree James Devey of Ti'oy and 
members of the Albany club on 
their way to the railroad station 
after a game between the Albany 
and Amsterdam clubs. 

Glens Falls, which has been seek- 
ing a berth in the State League for 
months, replaces Albany, Ray Fair- 
man, a Glen Falls newspaperman, 
taking over the franchise. Amster- 
dam retained its franchise. 



The recent six-day bike race run 
In Chicago was the first of its kind 
to ever make a dollar in that town, 
and it went over with a vengeance. 
The promoters, George Young and 
Gene Sennett, are said to have 
cleared numerous "grand," and are 
sitting pretty for the next one, be- 
cause the game caught on heavily 
especially the late-at -night play. 
The show people went to it strong 
and helped to popularize it. Madden 
and Magin, wise vets, held back and 
let a couple of locals get the pub 
licity as long as there was any pub 
licity in sight, then they stepped out 
and took the event away from the 
field. 



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Mrs. Cornell Home. 

San Francisco. Feb. 2. 
Mrs. Harry E. Cornell, wife of the 
manager of the Oakland Orpheum, 
returned home last week on the 
steamer Columbia after a six%| 
months' tour of the Far Kast, 






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An expert overnight shift of opin- 
ion picks,. Charles Jewtraw of Lake 
Placid, N. X- * or first place in the 
International Amateur Ice Speed 
skating races to be held at the 
Adirondack sport resort Feb. 11-12. 

The Hhlft of Judgment follows 
Jewtraw's showing at the -races of 
the Montreal Amateur Athletic 
Association, held Jan. 27-28. Prior 
to the Montreal meet, the first ama- 
teur contests of the klad held in 
Eastern Canada In years, the fans 
were all for Joe Moore of Now York 
to win the Placid honors this year. 
Last year at Placid, and at other 
pnin-t«* of tho amateur circuit, where 
the International contests were held, 
it was nip and tuck between Moore 
and Everett MacGowan of St. Paul 
for first place, with MacGowan 
Anally running off with the honors. 
MacGowan has since turned pro. 
and this year's contest was looked 
upon as a walkover for Moore, who 
has been showing his old-time form 
in tho rink and outdoor contests 
held since the beginning of the new 
ice skating season, including the 
annual events held at Newburgh, 
X. Y., Jan. 1. Moore failed to pull 
down a single Hi st final at the Mon- 
treal meet. 

Senator Frederick w. Kavaitaugh, 



Martin J. B. McDonagh, for many 
years sporting editor of the Troy 
Record, this week assumed his new 
duties as assistant manager to H. 
Russell Ende, manager of the Proc- 
tor and Gr Is wold theatres of Troy. 
McDonagh has not severed all re- 
lations with the Record, but will act 
In an advisory capacity In the 
sporting department of the local 
paper. He has been president of the 
New York State Basketball League 
since it was organized a year ago 
and his now position will not inter- 
fere with hie duties in the basket- 
ball circuit. McDonagh has been 
succeeded as sporting editor of the 
Record by Jack McOrath, h!s as- 
sistant for the last year. 



All kinds of reports have been 
circulated concerning what QpVei - 
nor Miller (New York) Intends to 
do about boxing. There Is goofl 
reuson to believe he will not advo- 
cate abolishing the official recogni- 
tion of tho sport. Whfjt the Gover- 
nor will try to do will be to con- 
solidate boxing supervision work 
with a H|»ort8 commission to be or- 
ganized having supervision over 
boxing, baseball and racing. The 
Governor has held up his plan for 
the present. Tho present boxlntr 
commissioners, are scheduled to 
walk tho plank, it Is reported. 



Jess Wlllard, former world's 
£hampion, has been invited to train 
at Fort Edward and also at Tom 
Luther's camp at White Sulphur 
Springs on Saratoga Lake for his 
bout with Jack Dempsey, his con- 
queror ,at Madison Square Garden 
March 17. When it became know.t 
Wlllard was considering training In 
the Adlrondacks, the Fort Edward 
Merchants' Cooperative Association 
notified Its secretary, C.G.Beverley, 
to get In touch with Ray Archer. 

(Continued on page 17.) 



Johnny Evers, manager of the 
Chicago Cubs and Troy's chief 
claim to fame, has purchased a one- 
third Interest In tho Albany (X. Y.) 
Club in the Eastern League. He 
paid $5,000 for his share and turned 
the stock over to his elcven-ycar-old 
son, John, Jr. Tho peppery Trojan 
tried to secure a franchise for his 
homo town, but when he found this 
Impossible decided to Invent in the 
Albany Club. It is expected that ho 
will use the Albany team as a farm 
for Chicago recruits. Walter John- 
son. Ty Cobb and John Collins also 
arc InterestecT-in teams in the East- 
ern League. Joe Birmingham, an 
Albany boy. and at one time man- 



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Friday, February 4, 1921 






WHEELS' BURLESQUE CLUB DAY 
LAST THURSDAY NETS $60,000 



American Wheel Attractions Contribute $25,000 — 
Columbia Shows, $35,000 — Outside Houses Help 
—Two Shows Aided Feb. 2. 



WELCH-S BLINDNESS 
MAKES SHOW WINNER 



It is expected the gross amount 
•f money that will go to the Bur- 
lesque Club of America as a result 
•f the benefits given by the Colum- 
bia and American wheel show? 
Thursday, Jan. 27. will reach $60,000. 
Estimate? place the American re- 
turns at $25,000 and Columbia at 
•SI.A00. 

"The Jazz Babies" and Stone and 
Pillard show on the American wheel 
Sid not play 27. the routing laying 
them off. The were scheduled to 
s^lve the gross of matinee and night 
•hows to the Burlesque Club fund 
Feb. 2 instead. 

, In addition to the regular wheel 
contributions, the Gayety. Philadel- 
phia, a stock house operated by Col. 
John Walsh, turned over its matinee 
receipts Jan. 27 to the club fund 
B. F. Kahn, operating the Union 
Square stock. New York, gave mat- 
inee and night receipts. 

The Jack Reid show (American) 
only had one performance scheduled 
at Schenectady Jan. 27. but played 
an extra matinee. E. Thos Beatty. 
scheduled to play one day in Read- 
ing, played an extra day for the 
Burlesque Club benefit. 

The exact amount realized will 
not be available until the latter part 
of the week, a few of the shows' 
totals for Jan. 27 not having been 
received by the American wheel up 
to Wednesday afternoon. 



DAMAGE FOR COSTUMES 



Mollis Williams Tries Action 
Albany. 



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Albany, N. Y., Feb. 2. 
The suit of Mollie Williams 
against Bucchheim Brothers, clean- 
ers and dyers, was tried in tho City 
Court last week. When the show 
played Albany last spring 20 cus- 
tumes were sent to the dyers at 
night to h* cleaned and returned 
for the matinee the next day. They 
were burned in a cleaning machine. 
Miss Williams asked $1,600 for their 
loss. 

The Bucchheims were covered by 
insurance to the extent of $1,000. but 
refused to pay the $1,500. 

Miss Williams then offered to set- 
tle for $1,000, but the insurance 
company "-ouM not settle on this 
basis, claiming the costumes had 
depreciated in value by reason of 
28 weeks' wear. Through mutual 
agreement the date for trial was set 
for last week. 

Six hundred dollars' damages 
were asked in court. A decision will 
be rendered in a few days. 

The action was brought in the 
name of the owner of the show, 
George L. Rife. 



Public Sympathy Shows in Box 
Office Takings. 

Arthur Hammerstein'a musical 
show. "Jimmle," may be turned into 
a road winner, curiously through 
the affliction that made Ben Welch. 
Its featured comic, blind. Frances 
White is the 6tar of the show, but 
since It went to the road last month 
the newspapers have been according 
Welch exceptional tribute for his 
perseverance in appearing, and he 
Is being referred to as "the blind 
comedian." The show management 
regards this sort of publicity sure 
fire, as* shown byjfae pace of "Jim- 
mle" since Welch's affliction became 
generally known. 

Welch Is being taken care of by 
Frank P. Murphy, who for many 
seasons appeared with Welch In 
burlesque. Murphy left an attrac- 
tion when he learned of the come- 
dian's blindness, and Is taking care 
of Welch every minute In the 
theatre. Players In the company 
sky the affection between the two 
men is pathetic. 

Murphy himself has but cne eye. 
Murphy scraped Welch's face a bit 
In shaving him Monday night in 
Brooklyn, and was •'called" by 
Welch. 

"Jimmle" opened at the Crescent 
Monday night, playing to capacity. 
That was partly through the "two- 
for-one" Idea used on Monday (two 
tickets for the face value of one . 
The gross was $2,209. at $1.50 top. 



MAIDS OF AMERICA 

Carrie Balance. depositor.... Althe* Barnes 

Jack Oetta. Ullar ...L*o Pelletler 

Joe Gives, taller Dare Woods 

Old Man Johnson, depositor. .Kd. Merrtian 

Slippery Sam, robber Dick Prltchard 

Sally Smart, secretary Jane May 

Ann Narcount, depositor Teas Howarth 

Curran C. Doe. president. George B. 8nyd«r 

Slim Spickett, watchman George Leon 

Bobby Barry^ Cupid 



SCHENECTADY REMAIHS. 

Schenectady, Feb. ?. 
The Van Curler operated by 
Charles Miles, will remai i open 
two weeks longets playing American 
Circuit attractions the last half of 
the weeks. 

It was planned to close the house 
for renovation and to increase the 
seating capacity. It is rumored 
here that the lease may be taken 
ever by I. H. Herk and the house 
become a regular American wheel 
stand. 

Opening originally with Pant ages 
vaudeville, the Miles has tried 
playing traveling road attractions 
and burlesque, with the latter form 
sf entertainment the only one to 
show a profit. 



Heinie Cooper Trying Films 
Harry (Heinie) Cooper, principal 
comic this season with Jtt Beeves 
show (Columbia) has signed to do 
a series of two-reel comedies dur- 
ing the summer, following the bur- 
lesque season, with a new company 
organized to exploit him In films. 



TESTING 0NE-NIGHTERS 

The American Burlesque wheel 
IS testing out several one and two- 
night stands In Pennsylvania and 
New York next week with a view to 
filling in the open week created by 
the falling out of the Avenue De- 
troit, Feb. 6, the house going into 
stock on that date. This is the 
week between the Empire, Cleve- 
land, and the Academy, Pittsburgh. 

"Bound the Town" will play the 
Park, Erie, two days, and Oil City, 
Newcastle and Unlontown a day 
each, the bookings being for this 
•how only and in the nature of an 
axperlment to sec how the towjis 
take to burlesque. 



N. V. A. COMPLAINTS. 

Bob "Bozo" Archer complaining 
against Eddie (Bozo) Snyder to the 
effect Snyder fias taken the name of 
Bozo and is using it despite a claim 
made by Archer that he is the sole 
person entitled to the use of the 
nickname t professionally. Archer 
states he used the name first 15 
years ago with Edmond HayW 
show, "The Wise Guy," and later In 
the Edmond Hayes vaudeville act 
called "The Piano Movers." 



TWO LOCALS FOB AMERICAN, 

The new houses are to be leased 
or built by the American Burlesque 
Circuit before next season \i open- 
ing. 

The American now has but one 
New York house, the Olympic on 
14th street. 



Salvado Saleldo Salvo versus Al- 
bert Gorman. Inc., alleging he 
(Salvo) paid Gorman $100 to pro- 
duce an act, with an understanding 
Gorman >as to get booking for the 
turn. Salvo claims his act was sent 
over to the Steinway. Astoria, L. I., 
•Tan. 16. and when h> (Salvo) got 
there he discovered it was "Ama- 
teur Nirht." The question at is- 
sue is whether Gorman received the 
$100 as a booking fee or for services 
as producers. The N. V. A. is inves- 
tigating Salvo's comi laint. 



MET, WOOED, WED IN 3 DAYS. 

Toledo, O., Feb. 2. 
A record for quick action by 
Cupid was hung up here Friday, 
-hen Bose Monahan, a chorus girl 
n a burlesque company, was mar- 
ked to Edward Buble, a stage hand 
s» the Grand Opera House, Akron. 
They met, wooed and wed In three 
lays. The bride left the show here. 



CADILLAC LEASE EXPIRING 

The American Burlesque Associa- 
tion lease of the Cadillac, Detroit, 
expires In June, 1921. A Detroit 
despatch credits the Shuberts with 
securing the house for next season. 

At the burlesque headquarters it 
was stated they did not know who 
the future lessee was but that the 
American Circuit would not Include 
the Cadillac in its chain next season. 



Anna Chandler filed a complaint 
with the N. V. A. against Eva Tan- 
guay. alleging Miss Tanguay Is in- 
fringing on business described as "a 
boy in a box the latter using almost 
the Identical words that aapther boy 
uses in a box In Miss Chandler's 
act." Miss Tanguay. en receipt of 
a letter from the N. V. A., Informed 
the Complaint Bureau she had elim- 
inated the business in. question, but 
inasmuch as Miss Chandler was 
complaining against her (Miss Tan- 
guay) about*the matter, she (Tan- 
euay) would Immediately put the 
business back In her act again pend- 
ing a decision by the N. V. A. as to 
who is entitled do the rights of it. 



ILL AND INJURED. 

Dorothy Mackaill ("Midnight 
Frolic") Is In Manhattan Square 
Sanitarium recovering from an at- 
tack of congestion of the lungs. 

Emmy Adelphl la recovering 
from an operation for the removal 
of tonsils and adenoids. 

The Aereal De Lyons failed to ap- 
pear at the Hamilton Monday as 
scheduled because of a member's Ill- 
ness contracted In Boston last week 

Lillian McKenzie, wife of W. C. 
MeKenzie, who Is assistant to Jack 
Welch In the Selwyn office, is re- 
covering from an operation for tu- 
mors. She was discharged from 
Hahnemann hospital this week. 

M. S. Bentham, the agent, Is now 
at the Hotel Lincoln, Indianapolis, 
where he expects to remain for an- 
other week before returning to 
New YTJrk. Bentham broke his leg 
recently at French Lick Springs. 
Ind. 

Manny Eichner is In the Flower 
Hospital, New York, suffering with 
appendicitis. It will be two weeks 
before Mr. Eichner can leave. 



PRODUCTION ENGAGEMENTS 

Douglas Stevenson, Alan Reams, 
Carle Carlton's "Alimony Isle," title 
since chanted. 

Charles J. Lamraers, with Lewis - 
Worth Co., Miami, Fla. 

Bobbie Bentley. Mary Cecil, Leslie 
Leigh, Chester Morris, for West- 
chester Players, Mt. Vernon, N. Y. 

David Gardner, Florence Bay- 
field, "Midnight Bounders." 

Joseph 3weeney. T. Tamamo- 
moto. Zola Talma, Howard Trues - 
dale, L. Alberni. Boy Stout, "Near 
Santa Barbara." 

Olive Tell, "Cognac." 

Grace Ellsworth, for "Love Birds." 



CAROLINE ROSS' DIVORCE 

It is announced by Caroline Boss 
she has obtained a divorce in Chi- 
cago from her husband, George B. 
Tr pp. and the custody of their five- 
year- old son. 

\i ■* Boas is soubn t with the Pal 
pThite show. 



FORUM 

Ft. Worth. Tex , Jan. 15. 
Editor Variety: 

In Variety of Jan. 21, Jack Lait, 
reviewing June Elvidge and Co. at 
Nashville, said I played the char- 
aoter of an Arab with a "Wop" ac- 
cent (probably • meaning Italian). 
The notice also said I "wore patent 
leather shoes to match." which I 
am forced to deny. 

M^f stage knowledge hae been suf- 
fle'ent to preclude the possibility of 
my wearing any kind of modern 
shoe with an Oriental costume. 

Insofar as the accent Is concerned, 
I am only the actor, not the author. 
I wonder If vaudeville reviewers 
ever stop to think that actors must 
play roles as directed and that they 
^nn't laks liberties with the author's 
conception. Carlo De Anrjr\o. 



Lee White and her husband, Clay 
Smith, who arrived In San Fran- 
cisco on the Sonoma from Australia 
a fortnight ago, are in New York 
for a few days. They are booked 
to sail for England on tho Cedrlc 
Saturday. 



Ackermsh J. QUI, former assistant 
manager of Proctor's theatre in 
Troy, N. Y.. this week toolf over the 
management of Proctor's In Sche- 
nectady, su ceedlng Charles H. 
Gouldlng, who resigned to manage i 
chain of motion picture houses. 



It's reported Lynn Overman Is to 
replace Forrest Wlnnant in Hurtig 
& Seamon's "What's Your Numh 3r," 
now In Washington. 



Milo, the tramp comedian, to have 
sailed on the Aquitania Feb. " for 
England, was taken ill with pneu- 
monia last .Yiday and has been 
confined to his home since. 



Ned Wayburn's prize $5,000 cow 
"Nellie" had a calf last week at the 
Wayburn farm, Bayslde, L. I. 



"Tho Maids of America" is J. 
Herbert Mack's show, and J. Her- 
bert Mack is the president of the 
Columbia Amusement Co. When 
the Mack show annually arrives at 
tie Columbia, New York, where it 
is this week, they are waiting for 
it. "They" are the burlesque bunch 
that may receive Instructions what 
to do about their shows, so Mack's 
show had better be as near perfect 
as Mack says others must be. And 
Ia it is not, what 'they" will say 
about it! 
'But they wait vainly each year, 
for "The Maids of America" is a 
standard burlesque attraction. 
Mack asks no one to do anything 
he hasn't done himself with his 
show. It is as well produced as 
any burlesque show traveling; it is 
dressed in extreme good taste; has 
principal women and chorus girls 
who, on their looks, are a credit to 
the troupe; and this season the 
performance appears to be ac- 
cumulating during the evening 
more than the customary average 
of laughs. 

The featured comedian is Bobby 
Barry, with George Leon alongside. 
Barry has a method of his own. 
He la diminutive, and the only re- 
semblance he bears to any one else 
is through his speaking voice, an 
exact duplicate of Harry Kelly's. 
(Kelly is with the Cantor show.) 
Leon soems to ha v e followed Al K. 
Hall somewhat, in general make- 
up, and particularly facially; but 
aft.i a while he draws a laugh or 
so, though, fsr the fun pace it's 
Barry all the way. The perform- 
ance ends in a gale of laughter, in 
a Chinatown scene. It's 11 then, 
and someone must have clipped that 
scene right at the spot where the 
big laugh came, through Barry and 
Leon throwing things at Ed. Merrl- 
gan, made up as a Chink cabaret 
singer. 

The abruptness of bits Is marked. 
Barry and Leon will work up their 
bits to .the pimt, then walk off. 
leaving each bit with no finish, 
though as the effort is spent for the 
laugh, with that gained they are 
apparently satisfied. Still it gives 
a disjointed look to each, and an 
effort might be made to smooth 
these bit finales out. 

Billy K. Wells wrote the book, 
bearing the sub-title of "A Trip to 
Laughland." Dan Dody staged the 
numbers, with the 1$ girls having 
some evolutions, but they are of 
such good appearance in a refined 
way and youthful that If they are 
not always on the move or have 
the usual s »s. it isn't held against 
them. A couple of the girls are 
used for trio dancing with George 
E. Snyder. Hazel Vernon and 
Gussie Sohelson, also another girl 
who did the dance as the Winter 
Garden miss. took, nice care of a 
chance given them Individually to 
display. 

This Mr. Snyder should not be 
overlooked. As a straight man he's 
aces, with diction unusual for bur- 
lesque; but he's more of a character 
player. His dope in evening clothes 
would make Lew Kelly hustle, and 
Mr. Snyder, while following the 
Kelly trend of talk, has original 
dialog, much of it ingenious for 
that type. He also did an old actor 
♦with effect. 

Among the women Althea May 
seems to be leading principal 
through given the prima donna 
role with several numbers belong- 
ing to iU but Miss Barnes' voice 
doesn't always ring true. That 
must be more a matter of the num- 
bers than her voice. The number 
best suited to her seemed to be 
"Just Like a Gypsy.** But the actual 
leading woman principal is Jane 
May, a bright and good-looking 
girl, who leads a number, without 
adding dance steps, in a manner to 
make the song liked. Miss May 
always is there with a smile, and it 
helps. Even when playing straight 
while cross-firing with Barry she 
gave the talk a little zest with that 
smile of hers, as though Barry was 
so funny that two shows a day up 
to now had not cured her yet. 
Whether it was Monday night at 
the Columbia or Friday night at 
Scrantoij, a little judgment like that 
goes a long way. 

Te«* Howarth has som^ lines and 
is half of a two-act specialty with 
Mr. Alerrigan. They got laughs 
from the difference In sizes, Mr 
»Merriga n being little and Miss 
Howarth tall. It's a small time 
turn, but fits in here, though given 
an important spot, in the full stage 
besides. Another specialty was the 
Three Jolly Bachelors in songs, 
three men in alpaca tu... without 
harts, doing fairly well on the num- 
bers. The names of the trio arc 
Dick Pritohard, Dave Woods and 
Leo Pelletler. 

"Dancing Mad" Is the finale of 
the first part. Its finish Is not 
made mad, fast or furious. It could 
stand speeding up, with some of the 
lyrics cut down and more of the 
dancing inserted. One of the scenes 
that provided a neat background 
held the chorus girls in a dressy 
arrangement of what seemed to be 
(Continued on page 29.) 



WHIRL OF MIRTH 

Heinle Simple , xi. Ferita 

h uk# •? l F I f ulie Kddte HUI 

Mrs. Heinle Simple Miss B«e*ut 

Harry Dorsey Nell Shaffni* 

Miss Honeysuckle Mabel Whit 

US ?aT. h : :::::: : : :: v. y/* uth A A n d n i' n ^ 

BUI Cash, hotel clerk Joe LySt 

A. Bowscrape, jasser Carl DeLoVtlo 

Cecil, a knlne Himself 

L. M. Welngarden is billed as 
presenting this week's bill at the 
Olympic, "Whirl of Mirth." It 
old style burlesque, say of ten years 
ago. Regulars of tho wheel will 
Immediately recognize the grade of 
the show when it is rtated that the 
big hit of the evening was a .it in 
which the chorus girls stepped out 
of the line and each did a frag, 
ment of specialty, with the com- 
edians roughho slny arou. d ad lib 

The 14th stre t crowd a. dauded 
so boisterously that a pair of husky 
house attendants walked uow the 
center aisle as a warnii.,? that 
enough noise west of the footlights 
was plenty. 

This is not to sav Um show is 
entirely made up of threadbare 
stuff. It has many right moments 
but It Is old style in Its ma up 
and personal. For example there 
are four principal women, three of 
them, including the soubret or in- 
genue — it's hard to differentiate 
sometimes — are framed along gen- 
erous architectural ll.ies, sturdy in 
foundation and opulent In super- 
structure. .o was Miss Besslo, 

who did an all too brief bit of shim- 
mying that was positively thrilling. 
It took the unstairs clients a minute 
and a half to calm down after this 
agitation. 

Al Ferris leads the cast In dis- 
play type and plays a modified 
Dutch comedian with a renressed 
dialect. Some of Ms clowning was 
funny and some of It was r. t. Be 
took a good deal too long to get 
over his scene In the second act, 
drring which he played tl souse. 
But the business with the transfer 
of the matches, a bit that occurs as 
being a new twist to the money 
changing bit, was laughable. So, 
was the nonsense with a ml doe. 

The show also has an o!io, al- 
though It is disguised as a cabaret 
scene doing duty as the last part 
of the opening piece. It Is fairly 
well varied with the specialties 
made quite brief and numbers In- 
terpolated between turns. 

Eddie Hill is the familiar "Patsy** 
character. He works hard ard 
serves very well as feeder. The 
straight worker is Nell Shaffner, a 
good looking, clean cut player for 
that department. This much must 
be said for the trio, thev work up 
all their points to a climax in a 
laugh even if they do use well-worn 
devices for the purpose. There s 
always a kick at the end of their 
bits and a good percentage of them 
register. 

A'he four -vomen principals were 
Ruth Addingtort, a statuesque 
prima donna; Mabel 'White and 
Anna Rose, and Margarette' Besslo. 
Miss Addington is an excellen bal- 
lad singer and contributes some* 
thing to the comedy as a neat 
straight feeder, while Miss Bose if 
a first rate coon shouter doing, her 
best ^number in the show with 
"Don't Take Away Those Blues" 
late in the evening, although she 
saved her poorest costume, an ar- 
rangement of gauzy short skirt and 
pink undcrdressing, while her 
chunky figure calls for severe dis- 
cipline. In tights she was sensa- 
tional. 

Miss Besslo presented a similar 
silhouette, but she used discretion 
and appeared always in tailor- 
mades. Miss White was as slender 
as the other three were the oppo- 
site. She has an agreeable voica 
and dances fairly. "he entire shew 
was short on dancing as might be 
expected from the buxon type of ths 
women. The men bad a little step- 
ping in a comedy way, but nobody 
seriously, except the miscellaneous" 
sixteen chorus girls. 

The costumes arc beginning te 
show the wear and tear of five 
months' playing and travel since 
their reincarnation, and the scenery 
I gaudy and flashy without repre- 
senting any great investment. 

Aside from sac chorus number 
mentioned befc.e, probably the best 
applause getters of the evening were 
the specialties. Eddfe Hill and 
Anna Rose tarted with song and 
talk, old fashioned in style al- 
though fairly well put over. 'Delores 
and Besslo, two women, web act, 
had something of a novelty. Miss 
Besslo is the anchor for a per- 
pendicular webbing, while Miss De- 
lores, otherwise one of the chorus, 
climbs the web and performs sim- 
ple feats, her partne.- singing 
meanwhile. The crowd liked this, 
but the best specialty was that of 
Carl Delortto and Companv. Tnroe 
girls (also members of the chorus) 
do easy accompaniments on instru- 
ments* betwee a guitar and » 
ukelelo. whilo Delortto plavs the 
violin. * 

Joe Lyons is programed, hut 
could nOt be identified in the prc- 
r.tdlhff. The program is another 
typical puzzle, requiring second 
sight on the par: of the audience 
to be of much use. Hush. 



N 



BURLESQUE ENGAGEMENTS 

Rosalr Bisters, for Singer'i Snow, 
next season. 

Margaret Cameron, for rami'/ 
Theatre stock, Rochester, 



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Friday, February 4, 1921 



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VOL. LXI. 



120 



No. 11 



"MIKACLE MONGERS." 

"Miracle Mongers and Their 
JJethods," by Houdini. Is the sec- 
ond book on mysteries of the stage, 
written by that master-craftsman. 
Houdini's first was "The Unmask- 

wving of Robert Houdini." 

it ■ 

A descriptive caption beneath the 
j« title of "Miracle Mongers," s.iys: 
a ./ "A complete expose of the modus 
*; operandi of fire eaters, bout re- 
sisters, po!son eaters, venomous 
reptile defiers, sword swal'.owi'is, 
*° human ostriches, strong men. and 

IT.' 



^ the like. 



At the volume's conclusion, Hou- 

* din}, after mentioning museums of 
years ago, states the dime museum 

1 \m but a memory now. " A few of 
^,the acts," says the writer, "had 
/sufficient intrinsic value to follow 
the managers into vaudeville, but 
these have no part in this chron- 
* 'tele, which hns been written rather 
to commemorate some forms of en- 
tertainment over which oblivion 
'threatens to stretch darkening 
wings." 

Peculiarly < nough, with the pub- 
lication of the Houdini book of time 
worn freaks, Annie Abbot, men- 
tioned In the volume, is at B. S. 
Moss' Broadway theatre. New York, 
In a revival of the trick of strength - 
resisting, after a lapse of many 
years, when she was known as "The 
Georgia Magnet." Houdini gives 
Miss Abbot credit as an exponent of 
■i her side show Hue. mentioning she 
recorded a sensational success at 
the Arhambra. London (vaudeville), 
J.vin about the same way Johnnv Cou- 
Jon, the American lighter, recently 

• forced the attention of Paris 
through resisting the efforts of any- 

p one to raise him from the ground. 






In the exposes of the book. Hou- 
dini gives an explanation of this 
particular trick* which is in short, 
to throw the person trying the lift 
off balance. 



"Miracle Mongers," says "The 
Magnet," failtnl to attract after 48 
hours following her successful 
English debut, through a wise re- 
porter discovering her method and 
publishing it. The same thing hap- 
pened to a "Bullet-Proof Man" In 
London, around that time ss well. 
Mattie Lee Price, says Houdini, was 
superior 25 years ago to either 
Annie Abbot or Lulu Hurst, also 
called "The Georgia Magnet," and 
likewise "The Electric Girl.** 



The book explains the tricks of 
•re-eating, sword-swallowing and 
S>ther matters mentioned in the cap- 
tion, that may prove of educational 
Interest to old timers that these 
things may have puzzled, or among 
the vari.ty fraternity that mingled 
1 -re or less with the ' erformers of 
the stunts. 

Houdini do s not depend alto- 
gether upon his knowledge of 
magic or mystery for the insight 
quoted frequently * through the 
pages. He has gone far back for 
"Written records of various points 
dwelt upon, taking reports from re- 
sear *\ or newspaper accounts, to 
which are added his own observa- 
tions, often gained at close range. 



The museums of days gone by 
named by Houdini are Kpsteln's, 
Chicago; Brandenberg's, Philadel- 
phia; Moore's, Detroit and Roches- 
ter; Sackett & Wiggins, Tour; Kohl 
& Middleton's; Austin &. Stone's, 
Boston; Hubcr's, Globe (Harlem). 
Worths, and Gayety, New York. 

In Variety's Anniversary Number 
•f Dec. 31, last, Houdini gave In a 
guarded manner, under the heading 
•f "Spirit Manifestations." his im- 
pression of the spiritualistic, as 
practiced publicly and in private 
"seances." 

That II<>i diiii is the best versed 
magician of this day who can place 
his thoughts in print will be of vast 
importance, or should be, In the 
future, to th credulous of this na- 
tion, when Houdln! finally consents 
to become public benefactor through 
telling what he knows about how 
dupes are made of simpletons and 



HELEN AND THE MOUSE-TRAP 

That heckneyed Elbert Hubbardism setting oat that If one has a mouse- 
trap that Is better than any other mouse-trap the world will beat a path 
through the woods to get It, Is brought home In the success of a girl 
la Chicago, Helen Shipman. 



Not featured," Miss Shipman has played the name part In 'Irene" 
only outside New York. Yet. today, there Is not anyone In theatrical life 
who would ask "Who is Helen Shipman"?— there Is uot a manager or 
anyone interested in the stage who is not affirmatively aware of the 
individual triumph which Miss Shipman has scored in the principal "road" 
company of that transcendant "hit." 



Helen Shipman is 19 years old. She has been on the stage 16 years. 
She has been in vaudeville in acts like "Kidland," and has done a "single," 
mainly impersonations. For years she was buried as a "child wonder" 
in aioh hardy and unimportant stock standards as "Little Lord Fauntle- 
roy" and "East Lynne." She had minor opportunities with Al Jolson and 
in a roof show, but it awaited a sympathetic atmosphere such as she 
found in "Oh, Boy," to give someone, confidence in her that led to a star 
role. In "Irene" she reached for and embraced an ideal, and she was 
ideal in her embrace. 



In Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago the critics "discovered" her and 
blazed her overnight to virtual stardom, as' they did Laurette Taylor in 
'Alias Jimmy Valentine," Ruth Chatterton "in "Daddy Longlegs," Mar- 
jorie Kajnbeau in "Kick In." and many other instances of New York stars 
made before they were ever heard of in New York. Miss Shipman will 
come into New York some day to find a buzz of excited anticipation await- 
ing her. And that is the way to come into* New York; New York is no 
place to come -to unless one is sent for — it has little patience and little 
sympathy for those who come to a«k something. 



PLEASE OMIT FLOWERS 

J. Marcus Keyes, follow ng instructions from the Actors' Equity Asso- 
ciation, which body he so militantly represented in Chicago, refused for 
months to give Variety any news. But Variety contrived to get quite a 
few items of A. E. A. news in Chicago without Mr. Keyes' consent dr 
assistance. The parent body, while standing pat on its disbarment of 
Variety for furnishing of reading matter, apparently was not as strict 
against reading what this paper had to say, for it got plenty of informa- 
tion regarding its Chicago office in these columns. 



The moment that Mr. Keyes had been eased out of his job — without 
the customary two weeks' notice, arbitration or any of those other policies 
which the organization has so aggressively fostered — he made a bee-line 
for the Variety office in Chicago. The bars were down and he could 
now give us news. The news was that "the A. K. A. doubts •crossed me 
in a notorious instance of ingratitude, injustice and sell "-Interested inside 
politics," to quote the !ong-silent J. Marcus. 



Keyes now say* that the Equity, by virtue of its control being in the 
present heads, is essentially an eastern organization, and fails utterly to 
understand or appreciate conditions prevailing in the mid-west and 
affecting the thousands of players who never sec Broadway, who cannot 
be run by the rules and rulings based on the situation in and around 
New York. But why did he wait until he had a grievance, or until he 
was on the outside looking in, to make himself heard? Was it not more 
his duty as an Equity executive than Ss an outsider to make his stand 
for the players in Che "stLks" who needed anil still need treatmert in- 
dividual to their conditions and circumstances? 



WOULD LIGHTNING DENT TIN? 

Politics, it has been said, makes strange bedfellows. How about 
newspaper columns? In a recent edition of this periodical there came 
together two editorials, one about Frank Bacon and "Lightnin'," and one 
about Henry Ford and Jew-baiters. There was a discussion of Bacon's 
character in the play in one and of Fords line of thought in the other. 
And there was just a dash between the two. Had there been no punctua- 
tion, there might have been an elision — if not a collision. 



The thought came to one who read the two juxtaposed articles that if 
Bacon ever wants a surefire successor to Lightnin' Jones, he might 
create a stage version of Henry Ford. Having already acquired the 
experience of more than 1,000 consecutive performances as the biggest 
liar in the West, and the man who claims to have discovered, invented 
and suggested every thing, what a wonderful Ford he'd play. Ford has 
such similar attributes. It is certain that if the tin Lizzie king were 
ever pointedly portrayed he would make the most striking stage char- 
acter since Don Quixote. . 



Ford sued the Chicago Tribune for $1,000,000 in libel and drew a 
verdict of six cents. Variety isn't so flush that it can afford to squander 
six cents needlessly, so it will refrain from calling Ford any harsh names 
— except to say that he is easily the most conspicuous and most pro- 
nounced ass, egotist, bigot and chump that this lifetime lias presented to 
an amused if annoyed universe. 



Having struck it lucky as the manufacturer and merchandiser of a 
cheap and available product, and having no other claim to distinction, 
this Journeyman mechanic, with dirty finger-nails and more money than 
he with his narrow imagination knows how to spend, has been reaching 
for years after that nebulous crown reserved only to geniuses, heroes 
and prodigies — immortality. 



It is only another example of, men who. mask under the cloak of a 
public or semi-public office a service to their own personal interests. 
As long as Keyes was on the A. E. A. payroll the A. E. A. was perfect, 
and anyone who looked squ'nt-eyed at it was a sorehead. Now that he 
is out, the A. E. A. is everything else, says Keyes, now a sorehead him- 
self. 



Perhaps it was just as well that J. Marcus didn't give Variety any 
news during his tenure of official incumbency. 



And it is Just as well through the removal of Keyes that the A. E. A. 
Council is permitting its members to know that at last It is on th-» Job, 
doing something worth while for the actor and the association, instead 
of figuring and ostimatirjg on finances, how to collect dues and other 
matters that never yet gave a union man a day's work. 



This is a tough season in the show business, for ourselves as well as 
yourselves. No one connected with the show business has any need to 
fool himself over conditions, in the general aspect. The Equity needs at 
the heads of all of Its departments and branches men with Judgment, 
men with tact, and men who believe in keeping actors working, not to 
close them out of engagements by closing shows Just to let others know 
that they have authority, whether abusing that authority or not. 



If the A. E. A. had listened early in the season when Variety said there 
was a bad season on, instead of publicly denying it, and taking that cue, 
which even at that early was no secret to anyone closely following the 
theatre, the Equity could have saved many weeks to many players, In- 
stead of partially causing the loss of work, and relying upon the collec- 
tion of a week's salary here and there, to make a noise. 



Sitting on the low dunghill of his dollars, he has apparently considered 
that he, the world's truly greatest man, was not getting the same recogni- 
tion that history had accorded such minor upstarts as Lincoln. Wash- 
ington, Columbus, Eddie Foy, Lafayette, Babe Buth, Bryan and Haig and 
Haig. So he looked around for the most immortality that could be 
bought reasonably, for he hasn't been rich long enough to be a wild 
sport yet, 



He foil upon the war. That was a good live Issue. So he engaged 
the Oscar, a mud scow, and organized a motley troupe of bolsheviki, 
grafters, school teachers and nuts, and went over to take the boys out 
of the trenches. Millions were murdered, the world was torn asunder, 
the greatest brains and hearts of the world had failed to stop this car- 
nage; but this guy who understood monkey wrenches and tin cans, 
calmly set out in his monumental egotism to accomplish It. 



This being. a historic farce, he turned to the capital-and-labor prob- 
lem. He loudly announced a system for making his workmen the proto- 
types for the solution. It has been proven that, after the plans were 
made public, Ford himself did not understand them and couldn't digest 
them. I-Ater on, when business got bad, the piker manifested itself 
through the crust of the would-be philanthropist, and Ford flopped his 
crew cold and began to shut down plants in panic 



Then someone suggested that the Jews were getting pretty cocky. 
Ford rubbed his nose and said there was a great Idea — "Kill the Jew." 
Being unfamiliar with history, he did not know how many stronger men 
had tried that and through how many centuries they had tried, and how 
they had persecuted and tortured and murdered, only to be finally borne 
down by the weight of humanity's conscience. But Ford picked it up 
as a new platform and launched It as a popular issue. He "won" him- 
self the condemnation of millions of Christians and the deserved hatred 
of millions of Jews. 



•And this is the man who had the impudence to rave and scream and 
go to the highest courts to insist that he should be a United States 
senator! 



Barring the kind'iness of Lightnin' Jones, Ford is perfect raw matter 
for a character offering unlimited eccentric possibilities to the adapter 
and the actor. And surely Ford would not object either to this sug- 
gestion or to its carrying out— for, hasn't a play been written around 
Abraham Lincoln? 



others not so simple, by publishing 
his knowledge of these matters in 
some circulator of wide influence, 
for the education and benefit of the 
people at large. 

Houdini could do the same thing 
in an expose performance, if he but 
would, but for some reason, will n< ! 
attempt it. The plan is not to ex- 
pose magic of the stage for com- 
edy, for magic Is an art and a pro 
fession, which lloud.ni through hit 
estimat 1 Cf it and i wn stand 

ing, would not stoop to lower But 
the plan ^uld be for Houdini t< 
inform the weak-minded, those af 
footed by fortune telling throng! 
loss or hopes, and those irtcllm '1 



toward a b' lief in the supernatural 
by exposing stage and private 
spiritualistic phenomena, mental 
telegraphy or mind reading and 
< very thing else of a supposedly oc- 
cult nature where strictly aimed for 
robbing a public, either of small or 
large amounts, or causing mental 
stress and discontent. 



If Hou'?«nl doesn't do It. Someone 
else will, sooner or lat t, but it 
should be Houdini. He wouid hive 
the moral support of every clean 
periodical in the country, fiom dail- 
• » to monthlies. 



Dues are all right and necessary. They should be paid by any mem- 
ber who wants to attest his loyalty and has the money to pay them with, 
but when not working an actor has something else to think of besides 
dues, even If the officials of his organization* have not. Let the Equity 
keep on watching out for its members, let It throw out any officer or 
representative who does not work for the best interest of the organiza- 
tion, and above all else, let it provide always as far as possible that actors 
may work instead of loaf, and not provoke managers Into closing com- 
panies, whether from New York, Chicago, or any place else. 



LEGITS MAKING MORE FILM FANS? 

A studious observer of the metropolitan theatre makes the point that 
modern faddists among the legitimate producers are encouraging de- 
sertions from their gallery patronage and thereby making more film 
fans just at a time when the legitimate theatre ought to be making 
every sacrifice to hold its own against the pictures. 



This man In his younger days was a frequent visitor to the topmost 
precincts of Augustin Daly's playhouse, then In its prime, and he built 
his early ideals of the stage art upon the principles of Daly productions. 



Lately he had a whim to make a survey of tho galleries of Broadway 
playhouses where the leading successes were running, In the hope of 
renewing his boyhood enthusiasms in the old surroundings up under the 
roof. His experiences, he says saddened him. A season ago he saw 
"Daddies" at the Belasco and he declares that his evening was ruined 
because from a seat about the middle of the top section half the stage 
was lost to view by reason of the curtain being raised less than halfway 
to the top of the proscenium arch, so that the staircase scene was alto- 
gether lost to him. 



Many of the excellent passages of the piece were ruined when the 
players were cut off at waist or knees by the low hung curtains. As 
another conspicuous illustration of the slight that is being put upon the 
gallery gods by the modern extreme, he cites the Theatre Guild's pre- 
sentation of "John Ferguson" at the Fulton. In one vital scene, which 
took place at the extreme upper stage, a boy was holding a conversation 
at the casement of the cottage. Variety's commentator declares on his 
word that from the second row of the gallery not a detail of the two 
characters In the action was visible except the shoes of the boy at the 
window. The est was lost behind a drop raised only half way. 



Miracle Mongers and 
Methods" (Button & Co. :'0>. 



Tl 



"Now," said our correspondent, "The producers of 25 years ago held 
to the custom of raising the curtain to the top of the arch so that the 
entire back drop was visible from the topmost seat In the theatre and 
the whole proscenium made a frame for the complete picture. You did 
not have to surmise what action was going on from an artor's feet or 
a temperamental pair of legs. The whoffe thing was in plain sight as 
part of a complete "unity of stage illusion. 

"At Daly's they had a most artistic arrangement Which achieved the 
same effect as an entirety open proscenium. The curtain was separated 
in the middle from top to bottom and were drawn back by cords attached 
to the two halves midway between footlight level and the top of the arch. 
Drawn, the curtain fell mto the most artistic draperies, which made a 
graceful frame for the stage, and left the entire picture open to \ en» 
from the highest point in the house. 

"It may b*c that the producer of to-day achieves some Improved light 
effects by the lower position of the upper lights, but they do not com- 
pensate the gallery auditor for the loss of half the Stage to view. Arthur 
HOpklhS is a particular offender in this treatment of Ihe upstair.- portion 
of his large and faithful following. 

"Some "me ago, Americans were made indignant by a 'rowdy' London 
gallery that threw bombs of evil odor Upon the stage where LAUrcttS 
Taylor was playing i'eg.' I think. It w is mad.- to appear over here that 
i hi was a demonstration involving ihe Irish trouble, but 1 side with 
David DelasCO, who has advanced the opinion that the (rouble arose from 
a curtain so low that those who occupied The Upper tiers could not see 
much behind the footligjhts and becam< properly Indignant. Certain 
Kritons never Will !>«• slaves to the new eccentricity wh'Ch trie* for an 
. r'f- ct which is ab -Hid. 

'i ii^ nptifri-' i lucof I urid< rid •■ j he mu»t m I 

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LEGITIMATE 



Friday, February 4, 1921 



BELASCO CONSIDERS CHICAGO 
PROPOSAL FOR THEATRE THERE 



Western Capitalists Offer to Back Venture in Order 
to Get First Showing cf Big Productions — 
Belasco Going for Conference Soon. 



STAGE UNION MERGER 
PUT TO ARBITRATION 



U. M. P. Ass'n and I. A. T. S. E. 

to Settle Wearers' Grievance. 



Chicago, Feb. 2. 

Local capitalists are understood 
to have tendered David Belasco a 
proposition to construct a theatre 
bearing his name, in the loop. 

No clue as to the identity of 
those back of the proposition can be 
gleaned here, other than it ia re- 
ported a very prominent banker of 
national repute, la head of the 
movement and Interested with him 
are a theatrical magnate and a man 
connected with an art theatre move- 
ment here. 



David Belasco, when seen, ex- 
pressed surprise anything concern- 
ing the proposition had leaked out. 
lie said: 

"It is true that some such Idea is 
in the air, but matters have not yet 
progressed to a point where any- 
thing can be said for publication. 
I expect to go to Chicago In about 
six weeks to talk over the proposi- 
tion, and cannot speak further on 
the subject until we have arrived at 
some definite understanding." 

Mr. Belasco was asked what effect 
such a plant would have on his 
agreement with "The Syndicate," 
and replied: 

"I would not do anything that 
would jeopardize the friendly rela- 
tions between Mr. Erlanger and my- 
self. I have not spoken of the mat- 
ter to Mr. Erlanger as yet because 
there is really nothing to put be- 
fore him. But I shall do nothing 
in the matter until he is made fully 
aware of the situation, and besides 
it would take a year to construct 
the proposed house after a site had 
been selected and plans made in ac- 
cordance with my ideas foe a mod- 
ern theatre." 

The contract between the mem- 
bers of the present theatrical syn- 
dicate is for five years, about one- 
half of which period has expired. It 
is composed of A. L. Erlanger, 
Charles Frohman, Inc., Cohan & 
Harris, Nixon & Zimmerman, 
rharles Dillingham, Florence Zieg- 
feld and David Belasco. 



"GHOST" TO REOPEN 
WITH BYRON AS STAR 



•Pea" Revival to Succeed 
"Jean" at Cort Soon. 



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HOBART DEMANDS ROYALTY 

Starts Suit in Harrisburg Against 
"Abie the Agent." 



Harrl.sburg, Pa., Jan. 28. 

George V. Hobart entered suit in 
the Dauphin courts here against 
dill Hill, the producer of "Abie the 
Ajzent," which played the Orpheum 
last Wednesday. The suit didn't in- 
terfere with the night performance. 

The writer applied for an injunc- 
tion to restrain the company from 
playing the show, the petition 
setting forth a violation of contract 
relative to the payment of royalties 
and asking for a division of the 
profits. 

The Judges announced they would 
not act upon the petition until a 
formal hearing could be held, the 
date of which could not be fixed un- 
til the Hill corporation has had an 
opportunity to file an answer to the 
Mil of complaint. 



At his office this week Que Hill 
caid he had not taken any steps to 
defend the Hobart action as he was 
In no way concerned. Hill stated 
that he had secured the production 
rights for the HirshfiVld cartoons of 
"Abie the Agent" from the Hearst 
people and that when served with a 

cony of Hot.t.iVh bin of complaint, he 
turned the papers over to the 
Hearst attorneys. 

Hill stated the "Abie the Agent" 
production of Henry P. Dixon and 
Den Levins for which Hobart did 
the book had been discarded and 
that the Iliil production was an en- 
tirely new one, the only similarity 
being the title. 

Hill said the Hobait suit had not 
Interfered with the road bookings of 
"Abie tbc Agent." 

Henry Dixon is a burlesque pro- 
ducer and is interested in the Kill 
production. Dixon and Levine orig- 
inally produced the show as a 
Straight comedy and after having it 
•lit a few weeks, disbanded the 
company, owing to ] i^li t bUMii* 
Hoi art wrote tlic book for if. II ill 
Mai Dixon reconstructed the show 
t '• it into a musical comedy. 



Arthur Byron is the new lead In 
Vincent Lawrence's "The Ghost Be- 
tween," which started rehearsals 
again this week. Mr. Byron will be 
starred in the role played by Taylor 

Holmes when the show opened some 
weeks ago out of town and drew 
down some exceptional notices. 

The producers brought the piece 
In pending the selection of a new 
star and the "Ghost" was named as 
the opening attraction for the new 
Klaw theatre. Not assured of a 
definite date when the show would 
be read, "Nice People" was given 
the honor. 

Byron opened last month at the 
Cort, co-starring with Margaret 
Lawrence in "Transplanting Jean." 
Business held up fairly well until 
last week, when it dropped sharply. 
It will go out after next week and 
Laurette Taylor, in a revival of 
"Peg O' My Heart," will succeed it. 
Miss Taylor has been anxious to 
secure the Cort, where 'Teg" made 
its long run. 

The lead in "The Ghost Between" 
is the role of a doctor and it will 
be the third such character to be 
played by Byron, who was the 
physician in "The Boomerang" and. 
"Tea for Three." The balance of 
the original cast for the "Ghost" 
play, Including Laura Walker and 
Glenn Anders, remains. 

Holmes held a run of the play 
contract for "The Ghost." This 
acted as an obstacle to his depar- 
ture for some time. It was lately- 
reported there would be a change in 
the ownership of the play following 
its withdrawal from the road. 
Whether this was to relieve the 
management of the Holmes agree* 
ment or whether an adjustment was 
made of that contract is unknown. 

The first management (which 
probably continues) of "The Ghost" 
had no complaint against Holmes 
other than they thought him as a 
light comedian miscast for a dra- 
matic part. Holmes would not ac- 
cept their verdict in the face of the 
splendid notices he had received in 
connection with the play wherever 
it had appeared. Just what Holmes' 
terms were under the contract are 
also unknown. At one time during 
the controversy Holmes had about 
decided to take a publicity method 
of placing his side of the matter 
before the professional public, but 
reconsidered and issued no state- 
ment. 

The New York opening of "The 
Ghost Between" has been indefinite- 
ly postponed due to the inability of 
Byron to break loose from his 
present contract, according to re- 
ports Wednesday. "Transplanting 
Jean" is scheduled to go to Phila- 
delphia. 



The Hearers' situation in Boston 
and Philadelphia, which has been 
hanging fire since the opening of 
the season, has ..een referred to 
New York for adjustment between 
the I. A. T. S. K. and the United 
Managers' Protective Association. 
At the Ottawa convention last sum- 
mer it was decided the clearer* join 
the local stage hands organization 
in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, 
Boston, Providence and Boston, that 
giving the stage hands a single unit 
in each of the cities instead of two 
local organisations. 

In all the other cities except Bos- 
ton and Philadelphia the clearers* 
organization fused with that cf the 
stage hands. Opposition by local 
managers in the two excepted cities 
has held up the matter there, and 
both cities finally placed it before 
the national organisation (I. A. T. 
S. E.). A meeting between Presi- 
dent Lemke and a committee from 
the U. M. P. A. was arranged for 
this week. 

The fusing of the clearers with 
the stage hands means an Increase 
of about $2 per day. Managers are 
now contending that the clearers 
should have accomplished the fus- 
ing early in the season, and feel 
there should be no change in scale 
at the middle of the season. There 
is in neither case, however, any 
agreement between the local man- 
agers and clearers. 



GRAND OPERA BOOKED 
FOR THE CHATAUQUAS 

'Faust" Routed for 20 Weeks; 
"Bohemian Girl" Also. 



SHILDKRAUT SAYS BREACH. 

Leaves Wdner A Romberg Contract 
and Management. 



Joseph Shildkraut, the young 
American actor, who maded a name 
in Vienna with his father, has left 
the management of Wilner &. Rom- 
berg. Shildkraut says his contract 
was breached by the managers In 
the matter of salary when he ap- 
peared in "Pagans." which opened at 
the Princess last month, but lasted 
only two weeks. 



Indications of growing use of 
grand cpera in chatauquas is found 
in the bookings for next summer. 
"Faust" is listed in one Lyceum 
bureau for chataquas next summer 
for 20 weeks. "Tbe Bohemian Girl" 
will be a feature on a new cha*auqua 
circuit for 14 weeks. Companies 
offering these operas will be turned 
over to the bureau complete and 
will make the circuit along with the 
other features and "star" speakers 

An operatic producer plained a 
more genera' invasion of the field 
for the coming season. He discov- 
ered however, that chatauquas are 
booked ahead for two years so that 
his plans will not fully carry until 
1922 or 1923. Bureaus in New York 
supply chatauquas throughout the 
English speaking world. Australian 
bookings being frequently listed. 



VASSAR GIRLS TO TROUP. 

Traveling Show for Teschere' 
Salary Fund. 



Albany, N. Y., Feb. 2. 

The Eastern New York branch of 
the Vaasar College Alumnae will 
present the Vassar players in a 
group of one act plays Frid y night, 
February 25, at Centennial Hall. 

The players are Vassar seniors, 
Who are giving a limited number of 
productions in cities throughout the 
East. The proceeds will be devoted 
to the endowment campaign now 
being conducted by the college to 
raise the teachers' salaries. 

This Is the first group of players 
ever sent out from a woman's col- 
lege on tour. 



PREPARING DOCKSTADER'S 
Following bis present vaudeville 

tour Lew DocVstadfl will begin rc- 

trsala for bis minstrels, to be 
financed and produced by Dock- 

stader and Gus Hill. 

A New York house will b^ se< ured 
and the show brought in for a run 
after an out of town br< ah In, fol- 
lowing whirls a road tmir j« con . 
t- mplnh d. 



HARWOOD SAILING 
John Harwood, stage director, 
who has been abroad visiting his 
family ill England, during which 
time he put on the new Gladys 
Cooper show, is due to return here 
about Feb. 15. 

Meantime Harwood has been ne- 
gotiating with Marc Klaw to bring 
over here the piece now running at 
the Lyric in London, called "A 
Little Hutch Girl." It is a musical 
piece in Which Maggie Teyte is 
being featured in the English me- 
•ropolta. 



LOVE, STAGE STAR. 

The Shuberts may star Montague 
Love In a speaking Stage play. 
Love was to have appeared in "The 
Night Watch" but the Shuberts did 
not d»-» m it advisable to have him in 
the -.-'mo "ail-star cat \ ' w ith Robert 
Warwick. 



SIX COMPANIES SCHEDULED TO 

PLAY THE BAF NEXT SEASON 



WagcnhaU & Kemper Propose to Blanket Country 
— Original Likely to Remain on Broadway All 
Summer and Next Season. 



ARRAY OF STAGE STARS 

FOR "FUND" BENEFIT 



Double Performance at Phila. 
Forrest and Garrick. 



Philadelphia. Feb. ?. 

A brilliant array of stars of the 
legitimate stage is billed for the 
matinee at the Forrest and Oarrlck 
here Friday for the benefit of the 
Actors* Fund. The same show will 
be duplicated at both houses and 
Thomas W. Love, general manager 
of the Nixon -Nirdlinger theatre in- 
terests here, declares the assembly 
of noted stage personages will rep- 
resent a record as to the cost of the 
show If salaries were paid. 

The players, of. course, have vol- 
unteered their services. They will 
include: 

Margaret Anglin, Ddrothy Don- 
nelly, Hoi brook Blinn and Bruce 
MeRae in a production of "The Re- 
coil," a playlet from the Farls 
Grand Guignol. 

Helen Ware and Herbert Corthell 
in a new comedy, "Love and 
Kisses." 

Florence Reed heading a star cast 
in "The Triangle," a modern melo- 
drama. 

Others in the promised list are: 
Raymond Hitchcock. Claire Karnes. 
Edith Taliaferro, William Norris. 
Desiree Lubouska, Doyle and Dixon. 
Lauretto Taylor, l'eggy Woods. 
William l'aversham, Herbert Cor- 
thell, CJ. P. Huntley. A. E. Matthews. 
Ben Taggart, Mosconi Brothers. 
Julia Sanderson, Donald Brian. 
Ralph Morgan. Ernest Tniex, Ed- 
win Breese, Katherine Hayden, Vin- 
cent Serrano. Sidney Blackmere. 
The affair was in charge of Daniel 
Frohman who assumed personal 
direction, and Alexander Leftwieh 
was stage manager. 



CHORUS GIRLS ARRESTED 

Ann* Barrett and Katherine Burke 
Under Bail. 



Philadelphia, Feb. 2. 

Two chorus girls, Katherine 
Burke, 2J years old, and Anna Bar- 
rett, 20, were arrested Monday and 
held In $S00 bail on charges of for- 
cible entry and attempted robbery. 

According to the testimony he- 
fore Magistrate O'Brien, in the 
Twelfth and Pine streets station, 
the two girls called upon Lucille 
Porter, in a production playing here, 
and who is stopping at the Hotel 
Walton. Finding her out, they 
crawled through the transom into 
her room and were about to make 
away with lingerie when Detec- 
tives Nolan and Mooney, of the 
hotel, entered the room and arrested 
them. 

The girls said that they had been 
out of work for soma time, and. 
knowing Miss Porter, thought they 
would make a call before they * ent 
to Pittsburgh to begin rehearsals in 
a musical comedy. 

The girls will have a further hear- 
ing. 



STAB FOR 'THE GYPSY' 



Three stars are named as possi- 
bilities to appear in Edward De- 
laney Dunn's new show, which he 
lias just written, entitled "The 
Gypsy." Negotiations are on to se- 
cure the dramatic piece for one of 
the feminine contingent which con- 
sists of Leonore Ulrich, Marjorie 
Rambeau and Laura Walker, with 
another personage in the offering. 

St vera 1 managers arc now reading 
the play for their respective stars, 
with no definite results having come 
forth as yet. 

The shuberts now have four plays 
written by Dunn. 



Equity Branch in Kansas City. 
Kansas City, Feb. 2. 
There Is t;«lk about tie Actors' 
Equity may open ■ branch MRee 
here shortly, to look after its mem- 
bers Iti th< lent shows of this ter- 
ritory. 



Wagenhals & Kemper have decid- 
ed to blanket the country with pro- 
ductions of "The Bat" Prepara- 
tions toward that end are already 
under way. with James Shesgreen, 
general manager for W. & K„ hard 
at it laying out the routes. 

The present purpose is to let the 
flock loose with the ensuing sea- 
son, commencing in August. Cast 
engaging i3n*t concerning the »-m 
r. present. Consistency bids post- 
ponement in that department with 
changes in the players* ranks 
changing economically every added 
day. The unequivocal success of 
"The Rat" and the comparative hit 
of "Spanish Love" put tl firm in a 
mood to let things ride as the con- 
tracts said. The company now 
playing "The Bat" at the Morosco 
will remain there all through the 
summer and next season, If attend- 
ance warrants. "Spanish Love," be- 
cause of its special settings, will 
be confined to the one production 
now at the Maxine Elliott. 

"The Bat" road companies will 
include a western, eastern, middle 
western, southern and Canadian, 
besides the original company. 

The Wagenhals & Kemper deci- 
sion to blanket "The Bat" is but a 
single straw in the present theatri- 
cal situation showing which way the 
show winds will blow next season. 
On the road it will be a season of 
small cast show/*. Managers who 
braved the regions . outside this 
year with big organizations have 
almost invariably come a cropper. 
The experience has been costly for 
many producers, and but for the 
fat rolls of many of those who ad- 
ventured, might have resulted in 
total annihilation for more than a 
few of the speculators. To list big 
shows that had to give up the battle 
of bucking road conditions this sea- 
ton would be to compile a formid- 
able line-up of musical comedy, le- 
gitimate and spectacular stars and 
leading play folk. 

The result of the season's ven- 
tures so far has been a tacit re- 
solve on the part of all managers to 
confine their investments for next 
season for the most part to small 
company pieces, with melodrama of 
that sort topping the demands mada 
by producers upon the play bureaus. 






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ANGLIN-BLINN TRY-OUT 

Stars Will Show New Playlet at 
Fidelity League Meeting. 



Margaret Anglin, Holbrook Blinn, 
Alberta Gallatin and Lark Taylor 
are to oresent a one -act playlet at 
the next Actors' Fidelity League 
Social Session, to be held Sunday 
night. Feb. 13, at the Henry Miller 
theatre. 

Another of the sketches to be 
staged will be a novelty playlet, 
showing the original rehearsal of 
"Macbeth," with Shakespeare as the 
director, and his characters Includ- 
ing MaeReth,*MacDuff, Banquo, etc 

This will be played by the young- 
er members of the Fidelity League, 
in line with the policy of giving 
the latter an opportunity to display 
their ability before managers, that 
might not otherwise present itself 
in the course of their regular pro- 
fessional engagements. 

The two sketches mentioned are 
among a long list of "opportunity 
playlets" the Fidelity will stage at 
their Social Sessions. 



LEDERER'S CAST 

George W. Lederer's "The Girl ill 
the Spotlight" reopens Sunday in 
Washington, taking up the route 
abandoned by Ethel Barrymore, 

through illness of the star. 

The east Ineludes Hal Skclly. 
Mary Milhurn, Eunice Savaine. Paul 
Rurns, Jimmy Dunn. Jack Squires, 
Lottie Milhurn. Evelyn Grieg. The 

remainder of the oast will be Intact 



ROCK'S SHOW CLOSING. 
Boston, Feb. 2. 
it is reported the William rio«« 
Revue. "Silks and Matins," no* M 

the Wilbur, will dose this Saiurda) 
h op'iu d there last week. 



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Friday, February 4, 1921 



LEGITIMATE 



13 






NORA BAYES LOSES TANNEN 
ARBITRATION, ASKS REHEARING 



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Francit Wilton, as Umpire in Equity Hearing, 
Awards Tannen $3,600 and Contract Provides 
$600 Weekly During Rim. 



Francis Wilton, acting aa umpire 
la the controversy between Nora 
Saves and Julius Tannen over the 
dismissal of Tannen from Miss 
Bayes' "Her Family Tree," has ruled 
Miss Bayes was in no wise war- 
ranted in discharging Tannen. 

John W. Cope acted as arbitrator 
for Tannen and Victer Rfesenfeld 
for Miss Bayes. Miss Bayes has 
applied for a rehearing. 

At the time Miss Bayes gave 
Tannen her notice a few weeks ago 
she stated that the case had been 
placed in the hands of the Actors' 
Equity Association, at her request. 
This was done, ahe said, because 
she wanted to be certain decision 
would be rendered by members of 
her own profession and Mr. Tan- 
nen's., end she waived her rights as 
a manager in order to give Tannen 
the fairest possible deal. She added 
•he wanted Tannen's own organise - 
tion (Equity) to determine whether 
or not he had a grievance. 

Tannen held a run of the play 
agreement for the Bayes qhow. His 
claim would be for full services up 
te the ending of the engagement of 



KEYES PROMOTING 
WEIRD FILM IDEA 



Wants Players to Donate Pay 
for "Actors' Club." 

Chicago. Feb. 2. 
J. Marcus Keyes. dispossessed 
Chicago representative of the Ac- 
tors' Equity Association, says he is 
going into the film business, and is 
organising the Cinema Corporation, 
ostensibly to produce 18 two -reel - 
ers. He says the first will be "Dolly 
Dimples," with Grace Cameron. 
Keyes has not forgotten his per- 
ennial "Actors* Club/' and says he 
will yet erect a "mammoth build- 
ing" downtown and that he will ask 
people in the pictures to donate 
their salaries toward that fund. 

Keyes, in a recent conversation 
with sympathisers, pointed out that 
there is room for an organization to 
take up the battles of the middle 
west actors. He said he had point- 
ed out to the eastern authorities nu- 
HerFamily Tree" oiTits present Jmerous instances of injustice caused 



run, with the ruling resulting ln^ 
either Tannen returning to the show* 
or collecting hia salary, minua any 
sums he may earn elsewhere aa an 
entertainer, white his Bayes con- 
tract lives. 

When bringing the matter before 
the -Equity Miss Bayes wrote the 
newspapers asking nothing be said 
until the conclusion of the hearing. 
Late last week she again addressed 
a note to the papers, saying the case 
had been decided against her, but 
requesting that pending her appli- 
cation for a rehearing, nothing be 
published. 

According to the decision, Tan- 
sen is awarded 13.600 to date. His 
salary is $600 weekly. That sum 
will be due him each week the show 
plays. 

Miss Bayes was represented at 
the arbitration by Victor Reisenfelt, 
a downtown business niaa. Brock 
Pembot ton acted for Tannen. Fran-, 
eis Wilson was referee, it is said, at 
the wish of Miss Bayes. It is re- 
ported that Wilson favored the Tan- 
nen side of the matter and remarked 
that a manager couldn't "treat a 
boy that way." 

Miss Bhyes is not a member of 
the A. E. A., although she con- 
sented to have the Tannen case 
made final by arbitration. She was 
a member of the Actors' Fidelity 
League but resigned some time ago. 

This week it waa said that busi- 
ness waa dropping with the Bayea 
ahow at the Lyric, with the Shub- 
erts expecting to place a film there 
in about two or three weeks Al- 
though there are a couple of shows 
waiting to come into a Shubert 
house, the report also says a film Is 
to open at the Lyric. 

That could be Metro's "Four 
Horsemen," which is under agree- 
ment to receive a Shubert house in 
New York around Feb. 20. The As- 
tor was first reported for that film, 
and Metro expected to land it there, 
but the Shuberts did not confirm it, 
while the Henry W. Savage people 
were surprised at the rumor, in view 
of the success of Madg> Kennedy in 
•'Cornered'' at the Astor. 

"The Family Tree" has an ar- 
rangement for the Lyric calling for 
s $12,000 stop limit. It is said the 
show cannot withdraw voluntarily 
unless it drops under that lij4Uie. At 
*«»e pacts it has played to lately close 
to $14,000 weekly, a profit is claimed. 



by small companies being canceled 
when later bookings of more im- 
portant (eastern) shows appeared; 
in this case the managers of the 
small troupes have been forced to 
pay salaries to their actors and 
lose the amounts, or if they did not 
the actors loat the amounts, while 
other Equity troupes and perform- 
ers were taking their dates in com- 
petition with them. 

This grew out of a recent demand 
of local producers that the eight- 
performance week be calculated on 
an average basis over a season and 
not week by week. The new Equity 
representative here is now taking 
this up with the managers. 



"EASIEST WAY" MAY 
BE BELASCO REVIVED 

Some of Original Cast, Includ- 
ing Frances Starr. 

The sensational play of its day, 
Eugene Walter'* "Easiest Way," as 
produced thea by David Be'xsce, 
may be shortly revived by the same 
producer. 

Members of the original eaat as 
far as possible are being reengaged, 
it Is reported. Frances Starr will 
be the star of the revival. Misa 
Starr la now is Belaaco'a "one" 



AGENCY FOR SALE. 



Fernandez, Wad Known Dramaltc 
Agency, en Market. 



STAIR IS SILENT 

Detroit. Feb. 2. 
David NTedeclander, who has the 
lease on the Shub.it - Detroit and 
w ho has a looking arrangement 
with fhe Shuberts starting neat s«»a- j 
*°n, is also interested in the Cadi" 
las, which will play Shubert attrac- 
tions next season also, according to 
atorles given in the local dailies last 
week. 

N'o such story appeared In tic r»e- 
♦rolt Free Press owned by E. D. 
Btalf, who has the franchise here 
for Shubeit shows. Mr. Stair has 
nothing to say at present on this 
■Ubjeot. % 



Through an advertisement In- 
serted in this issue of Variety it be- 
came known this week that the Fer- 
nandez dramatic agency had been 
put on the market for sale. It Is 
the oldest agency of its kind in New 
York. 

Bijou Fernandez retired from the 
stage, where she attained note as 
a leading woman, when her mother, 
who established the agency 23 years 
ago. died That was about ten years 
ago. 

Miss Fernandez intends entering 
into another business, though what 
line she will follow is as yet indefin- 
ite. 

The sale of the agency will carry 
with it the Fernandea name. 


'MUSIC BOX" IN MAY. 

Sum H. Harris and Irving Ber- 
lin's 'The Music Box.'' on West 
4.">th street, may not be opened until 
the fall. A goad portion of the 
work on the interior is necessarily 
slow and the builders say the house 
may not b turned over until 
M. iv i. 

If the "Music Box" i« not rOOV 
pleted earlier, no attraction Will be 
offered this season. Only musical 
pieces will be housed there. 



BOSTON THEATRE FIRE 
RISK CUT 33 PER CENT 



Twenty Houses Save About 
$30,000 a Year. 

Boston, Feb. 2. 

The Are insurance rate on at least 
2S major theatres in thia city has 
been reduced, the board of under- 
writers having given out a new 
schedule which became effective 
yesterday. The new rates ahow a 
decrease of 33 per cent, and means 
a saving of 130,000 or more annually 
to the fireproof theatres concerned. 

Credit in winning the saving in 
insurance ia given Ralph W. Long, 
general manager for the Rhuberts, 
and William H. Stallings. a New 
York insurance broker. Negotia- 
tions with the Are Insurance board 
started in October following a gen- 
eral meeting called by R. O. Larson, 
of Keith's, as president of the Bos- 
ton Managers' Association. The 
proposition was presented to the 
local insurance men in the same 
manner that* won out with the New 
York Are Insurance underwriters in 
1019. At that time the rate on fire- 
proof theatres in the metropolis was 
reduced 24 per cent. 

Up to Feb. 1 the theatre rate aver- 
aged over 910 per thousand. The 
new rate averages from $6 to $»*..«»0 
per thousand. The present high 
rate on the new schedule is $7.16 
per thousand, that applying to 
Loew'e Orpheum. Although this 
house conforms to the general regu- 
lations the presence of a department 
store in front of it brings up fhe 
rate. 

The downtown houses partici- 
pating in the lowered rates are the 
Park Square, Majestic, Wilbur, 
Lowes Qrpheum. Colonial. Boston 
Opera House. Shubert, Plymouth. 
Columbia and Gaiety. The rating 
of each house differs as each differs, 
in the standard requirements estab- 
lished by the insurance companies. 
The Park Square is now low, enjoy- 
ing the $6 rate, with the Boston 
Opera House second. Keith's is not 
included in the group of theatres 
being granted a reduction. 

The Boston opera house leads in 
total saving on the new rate, the 
yearly insurance hill being $2,000 
less than formerly. The saving 
at the Majestic is about $800 a year, 
and at the Park Square about $r>50 
This concerns the buildings alone. 
Counting the reductions on con- 
tents, which was also brought down, 
the saving is set at aproximately 
$30,000 on the 20 theatres affected. 

Following the accomplishment of 
a new rate here, new rates for 
Philadelphia will be asked and Chi- 
cago will be asked to follow with a 
downward revision of the Are in- 
surance schedules. 



30 SHOWS GOOD UNTIL SPRING; 
NEW ONES BEING MADE READY 



"Sally/' Leading Field, with Tip Top" Close Up, 
Looks Set for All Summer — Two Theatres Are 
to Open Shortly. 



PRODUCERS THINK 
SHUBERTS SHOULD SPLIT 



"Concession" Discussed by 
Affiliated Managers. 

The new idea of charging ticket 
brokera for the privilege of aelting 
tickets for Shubert attractions and 
houses has raised a question among 
several producers affiliated with ttie 
Shuberts, whether such reveriue 
should not be split with the attrac- 
tion on the same percentage basis 
operating with box office receipts. 
The Shuberts take the position that 
the plan ia simply one of conces- 
sions and the right to sell at a 
premium, is as much a aalabte priv- 
ilege as candy booths within the 
theatres. 

Other producers do not agree, 
saying the agency privilege money, 
which it ia proposed to collect, is 
really a part of the ticket revenue. 
They maintain that patrons do not 
purchase tickets for the theatres, 
but actually to witness a perform- 
ance and, therefore, the concession, 
if it is so to be classed, should be 
shared in. Where the attraction is 
a Shubert piece there can be no 
question as to split. It is the group 
of productions by affiliated man- 
age! s that raises the question. 

Just what the brokers are to be 
charged has not been determined 
and not until the exact number of 
tickets handled by each agency 
will a scale bfe determined on. It 
is understood now that the con- 
cessions will amount to a weekly 
remittance of about five el nts on 
each ticket. When the agencies 
were required to pay 12'i cents on 
each ticket handled, half of that 
was turned over to the government. 
When the remainder was split be- 
tween house and attraction there 
was little left, and the system was 
done away with. According to the 
brokers' understanding, the conces- 
sions will about double the re- 
mainder pickings under the 12% 
cent plan. 



HITCHCOCK IN CHICAGO 



Going Weet for Run— Will • Make 
Three Week Stande First. 



The Raymond Hitchcock show, 
"Hitchy Koo." Is to go into Chi- 
cago for a run after playing" a week 
in St. Louis. It will be a K. & E. 
nous* in the Chicago loop. 

Hitchcock next week plays Pitts- 
burgh, then Cincinnati, before St. 
Louis. 



SPECIAL MATINEES HURT. 



Stlwyns Oblige O'Neil Piece to Move 
to Another Theatre. 



"Different.* a Eugene O'Neil play 
which opened at the Times Square 
for special matinees Monday, has 
been forced to seek another theatre. 
Kdgar Selwyn decided against spe- 
cial matinees, saying it handicapped 
the regular attraction. All three 
Selwyn houses offered special mat- 
ineee through January. 




The aecond half of the 1920-21 
Broadway aeaaon appeara to be 
pretty well set. The present line- 
up Axes the stay of 80 or more cur- 
rent attractions until well Into the 
spring. The business pace con- 
tinues satisfactory, though there 
are comparatively few musical 
offerings In the going. There will 
bo a number of changes between 
now and Faster, which ia excep- 
tionally early this season, but the 
changes will -hardly affect more 
than 25 per cent, of theatres. 

Activity on the part of recognised 
producera continuea. Arthur Hop 
kins, Sam H. Harris, A. H. Woods. 
\7illiam Harris, Jr., and several 
others are at work on new plays 
which will be inserted on Broadway 
this aeason. 

William Harris will havo Drink - 
water's now play, "Mary. Queen of 
Soots," ready early in March. It 
will be brought to Now York this 
season because of deaired spacing 
between Drink water plays. His 
"Cromwell" Is (ho production for 
next fall. Ia the meantime, how- 
ever, thia manager will' try out 
"Irish Dew," by Appley Merchant, 
the title being taken from the Irish 
whiskey of that name. 

"Nics People" All Sot. 

Sam Harris has "Nice People" 
practically ready for debut, await- 
ing the completion of the new Marc 
Klaw theatre. He is also at work 
on 'iThe New House," with Richard 
Bennett starred. This presentation 
is out of the ordinary in that, it was 
shown in New York at the time war 
was declared under the title of 
"Our Children." Loula K. Anspaeher 
has rewritten it. 

There is growing interest in Hop- 
kins' presentation of "Macbeth." 
with Lionel Barrymore dated for 
premiere at the Apollo Feb. 17. Up 
to last week over 100 requests for 
ticket- had been received. That 
was even prior to the announce- 
ment of the ticket sale, and tha 
opening portends as one of the 
biggest of the season. 

The Woods office Is occupied with 
one new ph ' at this time, It being 
"Gloria's Carter," This la the com- 
edy tried out in Cleveland in stack 
last summer under the title of 
"Come Up In the Haymow." 

The news of one revival preparing 
to leave was matched by the ar- 
rival of another. Laurette Taylor 
succeeds "Transplanting Jean" at 
the Cort, Feb. 17, with "Peg o* My 
Heart." Miss Taylor made ber 
long stand in "Peg" at that house* 
soon after ft was built, snd hns 
been anxious to secure it for the 
revival. 

Takea Over Guarantee. 

In aecuring the house It was 
necessary to take over the guaran- 
tee made by Ben Marshall, the Chi- 
cago architect who backed "Jean." 
The arrangement called for $4.00n 
per week for eight weeks, "Fa ■- 
minle," which got off to a fast start 
at the Park, will be sent to the road 
after thia month. It waa expected 
that the revival would remain until 
spring, but the management (CIeorg« 
Tyler) elected to limit the sngsge- 
ment and try for continued big 
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MISS WALTON AT DRAKE. 



HELEN SHIPMAN 

Mlas Bhipmun haa acorod an Internstfonally-dlscu icd ■ *n In 

"IRENE." rT< i gratitude to .Tames Montgomery and his mi •.■■..?., for 
this rare Opportunity induced her tO place in Variety last v- '. i full- 
page card of thanks to them. Through a printer's error the title of tho 
play, "IRENE" was inadvertently omitted. 



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Chicago's N«w and Big Hotel En- 
gages Dancer. 

Florence Walton will soon |OSVe 
for Chicago, where she will appear 
at the new Drake fiote' declared to 

M fPa^TfcTT^e wlifvln 'ttMOtf; with 
apartments and rooms engaged be* 
fore opening. It is the largest es- 
tablishment of its kind in the world. 
Mias Walton will go out there tin- 
der an agreement that will allow 
•her the possibilities. °f aggregating 

i total salary of H.oon weekly for 
six nic.ii' Ms or longer. 

DALEY GETS FIVE YEARS 

N.w Orleans. Feb. 2. 
.ia. k Daley, a' ad of "Little Miss 
Blue Lyes" lant season and recently 
apprehended at Ifouston. Tex . upon 
request of railroads and hotels of 
Atlanta for passing -hecks of tli« 

Ringllng Bros., was ssntaneod t* 

Ave years imp' i c '»nmcnt it the Fed- 
1 pi laon in Atlanta, 




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LEGITIMATE 






SHOWS IN N. Y. AND COMMENT 



Is a 

last 

Be- 



. Over 

Thus 
very 

week. 



"Afgar," Central <l3th woek). 
Should run until mid-April, Pact 
now between $ • 4 nut* and S16.UUU 

weekly. Management figures Alice 
Ptlysia to be a big draw on the 
road 
"Bad Man," Comedy (22d week). 
When the warm weather arrives 
this comedy will be at 111 in the 
running. Is holding consistently 
to $12,000 weekly with the demand 
linn. 
"Broken Wing," 48th St. (9th week). 
Skipped over the $11,000 mark last 
week, a Monday benefit aiding and 
matinees heavy. Gross Is excel- 
lent for this hoiiHP. Good Tor a 
run. 
^Cornered," Astor (9th week). An- 
other notch in the pace last week 
with the takings going to $15,400. 
This drama looks set for a run 
until spring or later. 
••Dear Me," Republic (3d week). 
Hetter than held the pace of the 
first week by jumping $500 and 
going to $11,704 last week. 
comedy novelty and should 
for a run. 
"Deburau," Belaseo (7th week) 
lasco class in production stamps 
this adaptation. One of the pro- 
ducer's best trys which is bring- 
ing capacity business of over $17,- 
600 and a big advance sale. 
"Emperor Jones," Princess (1st 
week). First week of regular 
presentation. Was put on by 
Provincetown Players downtown. 
Moved up at holidays for special 
matinees and moved here Satur- 
day last for at least four weeks. 
•Enter Madame," Fulton (25th 
week). Extra matinees continued 
through January gave this hit a 
bigger gross than in the fall 
$16,000 again last week. 
"Erminie," Park (5th week), 
far this revival has done 
well. It drew $16 000 last 
Management, however, figures the 
road a better proposition and will 
leave Broadway at the end of 
February. Phila. the next en- 
gagement. No attraction listed to 
succeed at the Park as yet. 
"First Year," Little (16th week). 
There Is little difference in de- 
mand between this comedy, **The 
Bad Man" and "The Bat." Size 
of house holds down the gross in 
comparisons. Played to $12,812 
last week with an extra matinee. 
"Gold Diggers," Lyceum (70th 
week). Is getting more at $2.50 
top than any show in town with 
the exception of "Welcome 
Stranger," a this season offering 
in a bigger house. "Gold Diggers" 
drew $14,500 last week. Capacity. 
"Good Times," Hippodrome (26th 
Week). Big house is running 
along to form expected. Is * 
magnet for visitors, the continued 
out of town publicity counting. 
•Greenwich Village Follies," Shu- 
bert (U3d week). Around $18,000 
weekly. Date for going out lei 
March 6. Management figures 
show to" draw bigger business on 
tour. 
•Her Family Tree." Lyric (6th 
week). Getting fair business, bu* 
production costly and there is lit- 
tle howay at present pace. May 
withdraw for road; nearly $14,000 
last week. 
"Honeydew," Casino (22d week) 
Jos. Weber will take show to the 
road after two we< ks more. Pace 
indicated run could have lasted 
until after Easter. "Blue Eyes' 
will cceed Pel . 21. 
"In the Niqht Watch," Century (2d 
week). Melodrama originally put 
on abroad. Premier*' Saturday 
night last. Opinion divided. Is 
in cut rates. 
"Irene," Vanderbilt (63d week) No 
doubt about this one sticking for 
a full two season run. Sure to 
break Broadway's record for mu- 
sical plays. Business still around 
capacity. 
"Ladies Night." Eltlnge (2Cth week). 
Looks safe to run out the season 
and may last well in the summer 
going. Pace since raise of scale 
holding up with gross around 
$14,000. „ 
"Lady Billy," Liberty (8th week). 
Continued strength of this savage 
musical play a surprise to some 
of the Broadway wiseacres. Over 
$18,000 weekly. Should run to 
:itt<r Easter with ease. 
"Little Old New York," Plymouth 
• L'L'd week). Prediction that this 
comedy would run into the spring 
acting holds strength. Better than 
. _V!-00<» last we.):. With h< 

}\, :■'.;:<• • draw/' } etUi.Trtrf ,■» 

season here. 

"Lightnin'," Gaiety 
Little difference In 
of the run leader. 
S79 last week with 
nee figuring. 

"Mary," Knickerbocker MGth week) 
Strength shown at end of fourth 
month Indicates good chances for 
continuance until summer. Boad 
shows appear to Affect business 
little. Over $20 000. 

"Mary Rose," Empire (7th Week). 
Little under $12,000 last week. 
Barrio play timed to run about 
five weeks more. 

♦•Meanest Man in the World," Hud- 
son (17th week). Although George 
M. Cohan Is out of cast, this com- 
edy should continue until summer. 
Last week the t ikings dropped a 
peg without the star, but was well 
up In the going with $lf»,000 in. 

•Miss Lulu Bett, H Belmont tfith 
week). Chances of this comedy 



(125th week), 
the great pace 
Played to $i:..- 
an extra mail- 



landing now good. Business since 
the opening week after which 
show was changed (last act) 
steadily picked up. Got over 
$7,500 last week, not much under 
capacity. 
"Near Santa Barbara," Greenwich 
Village (1st week). Willard 
Mack's play with himself and 
Ckira Joel star/ ed. Opened Mon- 
day night. Was out under title 
of 'Poker Banch," also "Her 
Man" Succeeded "The Beggars 
Opera." 
"Prince and the Pauper," Apollo 
(14th week). Pace improved for 
the second week of the switch 
over from the Booth. Drew bet- 
ter than $12,000 last week. 
"Passing Show of 1921," Winter 
Garden (6th week). Pig house is 
not going clean on the lower floor 
but is playing to big business. 
Should run into the summer. 
"Rollo's Wild Oat," Punch and Judy 
(11th week). No question of this 
comedy having landed. Last week 
with a" little over $6,000 the pace 
was biggest yet, barring New 
Year's week. Virtual capacity. 
"Sally," New Amsterdam (7th 
week). Leader in the demand. 
That is true in every agency. 
Talk now of the show running 
through the summer, with a house 
picked out for it when the next 
ready. Getting $35.- 
'©•0 weekly 

"bk.r. v ," Bijou (16th week). 

Is making the best run of the 
English importations this season. 
Playing along to $8,000 weekly. 
"Samson and Delilah," 39th Street 
(12th week). Demand for this 
star-lead drama, with nearly $11.- 
000 ip last week. Upstairs trade 
steadily big. Indications for a 
run into the spring, 
"Spanish Love," Maxine Elliott 
(26th week)', Management pre- 
dicts this dratea lasting the sea- 
son. Playing to $11.000 weekly 
and better. 
"The Bat," Morosco (24th week). 
An extra matinee .nscrted last 
week, with $1,500 drawn. This 
sent the gross to nearly the 
$20,000 mark. Leads the non- 
musical division with no con- 
tender. 
"The Green Goddess," Booth (3d 
week). Not an unsold seat since 
premiere, with standees in for 
most performances; $13 TOO the 
pace, with an indefinite run in 
sight. 
"The Tavern," Cohan (19th wcekL 
Arnold Daly returned to lead 
again last week, succeeding John 
lfeehan who succeeded Brandon 
Tynan. Pace dropped somewhat 
but should recover with Daly. 
Got Sll.TicO last week. 
"The Mirage," Times Square (l?th 
week). Road time for this drama, 
laid out, has been set back three 
times. Played to $11,000 last 
week; management plans con- 
tinue until spring. 
"Thy Name Is Woman," Playhouse 
(12th week). Better pace held 
true last week, with the takings 
again going to around $8.f>00. 
Figures to continue Into April; 
pace a money maker with the 
small cast. Grace George in "The 
New Morality," the matinee offer- 
ing here. 
"Tip Top," Globe (18th week). A 
sell-out at every performance 
with Standees in most of the time. 
Getting around $27,000 weekly. 
"Three Live Ghosts," Hayes (19th 
week). Business holding to over 
$8,000 earns a tidy profit for this 
small cast comedy. Run may con- 
tinue until spring. 
"Tickle Me," Belwyh (36th week). 
Has another week to go with 
Philadelphia the first road stand. 
"Prince and Pauper" may succeed 
Feb. 17. 
"The Champion." Longacro (5th 
week). Counted as a hit with 
$13,000 weekly, the pace at $2.50 
top. Is a sell-out except for the 
gallery, which Is true of two ether 
successes, 
"Transplanting Jean," Cort (5th 
week). Business fell off markedly 
last week, and show due to leave 
at the end of next week. Laur- 
eate Taylor In a revival of "Peg 
o'Mv Heart" will succeed., 
"Wake Up, Jonathan!" Henry Mil- 
ler (3d week). Business for sec- 
ond week held up fairly, the pace 
being around $11,000. Mrs. l-'cke, 
the st;ir. the strongest feature 
"Woman of Bronze," Frazee (22d 
.week). I Nt urn to form during 
•• January i o fluke Taklm?« again 
jutojKcl with the gross going well 
over $11,000 la. -I week. Good 
business for this house. 
"Welcome Stranger," Cohan A Har- 
ris (21st week). Another show to 
hetter its pace. I.;ist week drew 
1 11,291 That leads the straight 
comedies. The |2.50 top thing 
turned the t lick. 
"Way Down East," 41th Streel (23rd 
week). Running oionu between 
fiC.OoQ and $17 "oo weekly now 
"Over the Hill," Broad hu si I ' 
week). 



"MECCA" GETS $44,000 
IN 7 PERFORMANCES 



Easily Takes Lead in Chicago 
Houses At Fair Prices. 



"Welcome Stranger" in England. 

Arrangements were completed ti>i* 
week by cable for the presentation 
in England of "W« looms Strang* r." 
with Harry Green In the prln-Ipal 
role, played heme by «*,«•'. . •• Kidney. 

Lewis &• flordon placed the p!< 
in Great Britain through Brae si 
Edelsteru 



Friday, February 4, 1921 



NEWS OF THE DAILIES 



The China relief benefit in New 
York Sunday brought In more than 
I18.U00, and one given for New 
York's East Side poor dr?w $12,000. 



Chicago, Feb. 2. 

"Mecca," with its force of press 
agents, headed by Will A. Page and 
Nat Koyster and the personal pres- 
ence of Morris Gest, got the 
edge, as far as newspaper display, 
on all the other stellar attractions 
here. Every critic was profuse in 
praise of this mammoth production. 
And though the show will not gross 
weekly what "Aphrodite" did, it 
will play to more people. Down- 
stairs prices on week days are $2.60, 
boxes $3.00, while Saturday and 
Sunday downstairs prices go to 
$3.50. Matinees Wednesday and 
Saturday, top $2. The show should 
do in its six weeks a quarter of a 
million, and is to be followed by a 
return engagement of "Aphrodite." 

Only one attraction, "The Bat," 
will have a special matinco for 
Automobile * "Week, though several 
houses, especially those near Mich- 
igan avenue and catering to the 
hotel trade, will raise their prices. 
Among the four leaders, "Irene," 
"Follies," "The Bat," and "Happy- 
Go-Lueky," the box office barometer 
has not moved $400 either way in 
the last four weeks. 

Estimates for the Week. 

The Son -Daughter/' (Powers, 
fifth week), $17,100; getting strong 
downstairs play with capacity the 
last half of the week. 

"Fanchon and Marco Revue," 
(Olympic, first week), $16,000;' 
plenty of money being spent in all 
newspapers, though the advertising 
and cuts looked as if they were 
gotten up for the one night stands. 
Badly scaled if trying to remain 
eight weeks. House on rental basis 
of $4,000 a week for four weeks, with 
an option of four more. Should 
play $2 top. 

"Irene," (Garrick, ninth week), 
$20,000; no end in sight with de- 
mand as big as its first week. 
Everyone singing the praises of 
Helen Shipman. the able handling 
of the show by Harry Jackson, and 
James Barton, and the irresistible 
story. 

"Way Down East," (Woods 
seventh week), $18,000; fell off a lit- 
tle from last week, but bound to 
pick \\p with Influx of visitors. 

"Follies." (Colonial, sixth week) 
$40,200; some of the scalpers badly 
hit the early portion of the week, 
and hustling around the front of 
the theatre trying to get from 
under. Tickets have been offered a 
passerby for a dollar a throw on the 
sidewalks. 

"Smilin' Through," (Cort. fifteenth 
week), $13,900; with only three more 
weeks to go, this Is the longest run 
show now on the boards, and with 
the last three weeks announced 
will jump back to capacity. 

"The Hottentot," (Cohan's Grand, 
eighth week), $14,300; giving way 
to a special company of "The 
Tavern," opening Monday. 

"Guest of Honor," (LaSalle. ninth 
week), Little better than $10,000, 
which means money to both the 
show and the house. 

"The Bat," (Princess, fifth week). 
$20,602; the only show in town giv- 
ing special matinees for Automobile 
week; also the heaviest box office 
advance sale of any show running. 
Can easily stick till the hot weath- 
er. 

"The Half- Moon," (Illinois, fourth 
week), around $11,000; taking the 
air to give way to Otis Skinner in 
'At the Villa Rose." 

"The Charm School," (Shubcrt- 
Central 1st week), $4,800; with only 
one more week to go. To be fol- 
lowed by Jack Norworth in "My 
Lady Friends." The Central does 
not seem to be able to catch on. 
due to its out-of-the-loop location, 
poor bookings or upstairs seating 
problem: anyway, it does not ee m 

.: blS ?<> hbld II -' <T\\ ! . 

"Happy -Go -Lucky," (Playhouse 
13th week). $11,400; the Second 
longest run now in town. This 
house, opening the same time as the 
Central, similarly located, has l>< • n 
just, the opposite. Happy bookings 

have put this bouse theatrically on 
the map, gaining an immediate nlehe 
in the hearts of the theatre-goers. 

"As You Were." (Htudebaker. 4th 
reek). Less than $i 2,000; never 
teemed to match on; In Its last 
,v'k, to he replaced by M Flor\>dorn." 

"Mecca," (Auditorium, 1st week). 
$44,000 in seven performances: rale 
being handled exclusively through 
tho box offlee, scalpers sneaking 
'erne. Bure to do capacity on its 
".x we«ks. Publicity marvelous* 

"The Famous Mrs. Fair," (Black- 

stone, 5th week). $15,000; with an 



A hearing wiU be held F . 7 of 
the objections raised by three 
nephews of the late Dr. M. J. 1 iter, 
Hippodrome animai trainer, against 
the probating of his will. Dr. Pot- 
ter, who was' burned to death in a 
fire Die. 2, last, left his estate to 
his widow. 



A Are in Richard Canfleld's former 
gambling salon at 5 East 44th street 
Saturday morning, caused firemen 
to batter down the famous bronze 
door which had defied numerous 
police raids. The flames caused 
damage of about $50,000. 



Among the notables arriving from 
Europe on the last trip of the Aqui- 
tania were Misa M. P. M. Forbes- 
Robertson. daughter of the actor; 
Princess Bibesco, wife of a Rou- 
manian and daughter of Margot 



extra heavy advertising campaign 
to push it over this mark. With 
the two stars and all around high- 
priced cast, not considered big 
money these days out west. 



BOSTON'S BUSINESS 
NICELY HOLDING UP 



Five Musical Shows and Four 
Straight Productions Running. 



Boston, Feb. 2. 

There is no sign of any letdown 
in the business done by the big 
houses since the first o~ the year. 
The five musical shows and the four 
straight productions are doing 
nicely, with the only falling off at 
any in the .first two days of the 
week. "Week-end capacity houses 
rule with a big sell out for Satur- 
day night. No new openings 
scheduled for Monday but there are 
four due next Monday. 

The Boston opera house will open 
again with a legitimate attraction 
after dark, except for occasional 
concerts, since the English Opera 
Co. closed there. 

"The Return of Peter Grimm." 
(Tremont, 2d week). Last week of 
Warfleld with draw of $1.9,000 for 
the first week, about as good a break 
as he ever got here. One of the 
few houses which did not have a 
little slump at the beginning of 
week. 'Must Suppose" next week. 

4 Ed Wynn'ft Carnival/' (Colonial, 
2d week). Return here, show pick- 
ing up good money. Opened last 
year on one of the worst nights of 
an exceptionality bad w'ntcr and 
did good business then. Between 
$17.0(10 and $18,000 last week. 

"Clarence," (Mollis, 5th week). 
Drawing regulation Hollis audience 
with two weeks more to runT$l 1.000 
for the Week, very fair draw for 
the hous-'. 

"Honors Are Even," (Park Square, 
5th week). About $12,000 on week. 
Plenty of conservative advertising. 

"Midnight Rounders," (Majestic, 
6th week). Eddie Cantor drawing 
bitf with collegians at Harvard, 
show selling out praetically every 
week. In foTs^hree weeks more with 
$18,000 about figure for last week. 

"Love Birds," (Shubert, 2d week). 
Went over bigger than most antici- 
pated. At $2.50 top did $13,000 first 
week and opened strong Monday 
this wok. 

/^Rock's Revue," (Wilbur, 2d 
week). Didn't get over as well as 
might have. Wilbur does not often 
have shows of this charaeter. Last 
week, show then on tour. $9,000 for 
week. 

"The Purple Mssk," (Plymouth. 
0th week). Pinal week. $10,000 last 
week. 

"It's Up To You." (Globe, 5th 
week). William Moore Patch he- 
hind the show, getting more public- 
ity out of it than any of the cast 
Show started off to airold start an<l 
shortly after opening had to intro- 
duce the "souvenir" gag. Now 
• • ma to he getting the business and 
is due to stay at least two weeks 
longer, $u top, 



"Way Down 

week, and wont 
long ;is present 
our. $2. 
Th< re are five 



East," (Tremont 

itOW o,t inn 20th 

be sent away as 

patronage holds 

new shows listed 
for the coming Monday, "The Maid 
of the Mountains," a musical com- 
edy that is said to have gone hii,' in 
England, will come into the Boston 
op< rn house and will stay there un- 
til 'Aphrodite" coin's in; Nanee 
O'Xeil comes to Boston for the first 
tune in years, appearing In the 
Plymouth In "The Passion Flower," 
.lust Suppose," with Patricia Col- 
linge will come into the Tremont; 
the "Broadway Brevities" Into the 
Shubert and the Colonial will have 
another "return" show. "Mary." It 

is most Unusual for the Colonial to 

get a "return ' show during the sea- 
son and this tt tract inn following on 

the heels of 'Ed Wynn'a Carnival." 
which also went big here last sea- 
son, is noti< « abi' . 



Asqulth; Giorgio Polacco, former 
Metropolitan conductor, here in rel 
spon.se to a summons from Mar* 
Garden; Henry Cohen, of Metre 
Sir Philip Gibbs, Sir Ernest Shack* 
leton and Vice-Admiral H. M. p 
Huse, who will take charge of tke 
New York naval district, ^ 

Two women "missionaries" from 
Zion City, whteh Dowie founds? 
have arrived in New York to reform' 



eform 
ii. 

Jazz has percolated through ths 
Vanderbilt portals on Fifth avenue. 
Gen. Cornelius Vanderbilt and Mrs! 
W. K. having had Paul Whlteman 
and his band for concerts they gave 
recently. 



The Hempstead home of Christian 
Krlens, violinist, was robbed of vio« 
lins, music and silver valued at sev* 
Oral thousand dollars and liquor val* 
ued at (?). The latter cost Kriena 
$400. ~ 



The Priars have revived the 
Frolic, .and their first of the new 
series is scheduled for Sunday 
Feb. 6. n 



Mayor J. Hampton ("Hample") 
Moore of Philadelphia, a former 
newspaperman. Is on the verge of 
establishing a censorship over than 
atres and picture houses. 



Florence Easton jumped into the 
role of Isolde at the Metropolitan; 
when Mme. Matzenauer was unable 
to appear, and scored a triumph. 

1 — •• i 

"Chu Chin Chow," running h\ 
London 4% years, has ha more. 
than 2,000, consecutive perform- 
ances, arm has been seen by, more- 
than 3.000,000 people. 1 

™ ■ i SBBJ 

Arthur yron is credited wit* 
saying, in an interview, that tk« 
present day star-manager system 
is undermining the theatre. 

Emmanuel Lasker, German chess 
champion, has been denied permis- 
sion to stop In the United States otr 
his way to Havana, where he is o 
play Capablanca, the young Cuban 
wizard, for the world's champion-* 
ship. 



Fred Corwey, .the Hippodrome's 
musical clown, has received his 47<H 
American patent on instrument e 
has invented. Corwey, graduate of 
a Viennese technical school, makea 
the drawing, models and the instru-* 
merits themselves. 



Mrs. Edward Ferris, formerly si 
bearded lady freak in eftrcueee, has 

had herself sentenced to jail so she 
may permit her head to gro^ rut 
again. She shaved it off some years 
ago when married to a glass blowr. 

Not only did Jane ITerveux, a via* 
Irix. fail to get married, but she al- 
most lost her bankroll when- a 
Brooklyn youth, signing the nnmt 
of her missing fiancee, sent her a 
telegram asking her to send him 
money. 



James K. Hackett .. wiUMb ' the 
London production of l>i-;nkwater*a 
play, "Mary, Qu*en of Scota" 



The seventh season of the Pas- 
sion Play at Union Hill, X. J., opene 
Feb. 6. 



Margaret Anglin delivered an ad» 
dress and read a poem at the Ander- 
son Galleries Monday, at the first 
meeting of the Union of East and 
West. Rabindrath Tagore, East 
Bast Indian poet, also rend some of 
his own works. 

In addition to Olive May. who has 
just obtained a divorce from Lord 
Victor Paget, other actresses seek- 
ing freedom in London are Iris 
Hoey, from Mux Leeds, **ctor; Lily 
St. John, from Major T. (Iran, 
pioneer airman; Muriel Piatt, trom 
W. Bridges -Adams, Shakespeariai 
producer; Margaret u unerm*J*< 
from Pal Somerset, actor. 

Mme. EHse Kutcherra, Belgian 
in una donna, now living in NeW 
York, declares a story Hhe had com* 
mitted suicide in V;< una \\w years 
;igo was part of a plot by her di- 
vorced husband to collect insurance 
money. 

Htidyard Kipling, whose "LighJ 
That Failed" w;is dramatised but 
never made much of a success, has 
anally capitulated to the illms, ac- 
COrding to a statement given out 
by Pathe. Paul Rru'nct, president 
Of Pathe. says he has the- e S< '• nariOf 

From the famous Englishman. 



Louise Bwanson, a musical com* 
edv girl, figures as "Annie Laurie, 
and Allison M. Coon, a Worcostjj 
Mass.. business mnn. as "Little t>er 
Blue," in a diary Coon's wife intro- 
duced as part of her evidence in 
(Continued on Page 24. 



Frank Cassassa and Hick Me* 
Kenna, detectives, who were ap» 
pointed to the New York j.ol'ce 
force by Theodore Roosevelt in 18M» 
and who arrested Gyp the lficod, 
'•Dago" Frank, and "Lefty Louie* 
in the Rosenthal murder case, have 
been retired from service. 



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INSIDE STUFF 



ON LEGIT 



THREE KISSES' HALTS; 
SHORT WALKS OUT 



Rehearsals End When Wilner 
& Romberg Director Quits. 

Wilner A Romberg'! production of 
"Three Kisses" cams to an abrupt 
end Monday afternoon, when Has- 
sard Short, who was taking care of 
the staging, walked out. 

Vivian Segal was to hare been 
starred in the piece, In rehearsal for 
a week. N 



ETHEL BARRYMORE IN N. Y. 



Actress 



in Flower Hospital, Sees 
Only Her Family. . 



mt week Arthur Hammerstein arranged for the booking of "Tickle 
H # » in Chicago at the Illinois through the K. & E. office. That does not 
mean the manager has withdrawn his attractions from Shubert book- 
ing*. Mr. Hammerstein maintains he is an independent producer and 
therefore free to secure time wherever he can. The Shubert office could 
not supply a desirable house for "Tickle Me" In the Chicago Loop. The 
La Sails was offered, but the size of the house precluded its acceptance. 
The fact that the Frank Tinney show will play four weeks at the Shu- 
bert, Philadelphia, and play Shybert time out to Chicago, upholds his 
statement. 

The failure to guarantee the time of opening of the new A. H. Woods* 
theatre In Chicago Irrced Hammerstein to ask for booking in the K. & E. 
Office, perhaps for the first time since he put on. "Th3 Firefly" and 
••Naughty Marietta." "Tickle Me" was set for the premiere of the new j xt WdS advanced that an "Inside" 
Wood3* house, the opening of which was timed for March 1 and then put reason wa » the cause of Short leav- 
back until April 1. Hammerstein asked. Woods to guarantee an early { ln * the sno ^- 
April opening and Woods declined, explaining the builders could not 1 
assure him of the date of completion. 

"Tickle Me" will open at the Illinois April 3. The K. & E. office did 
not ask for nor stipulate that further time for the show must be 
booked through that office. The time limit for the run In Chicago was 
named as Aug. 15, nothing further. 

It has been claimed that attractions seeking booking through the Shu- 
bert booking office must sign an agreement that the attraction or at- 
tractions thus taken car© of must continue to take booking from the 
Shuberts. Such an agreement does not hold water, according to the 
decision in the Hitchcock case, fought out in Philadelphia several sea- 
sons ago. At that time Lee Shubert is alleged to have stated on the 
stand that that clause in the contract was without value. Despite the 
general practice, that is one reason why K. & E. do not attempt to 
force producers to continue booking'with the office. 

i ■• 

Here Is a new angle on the value of Joe Leblangs Public Service cut 
rate agency. It was recognized and is being used to advantage by Arthur 
Henry, husband of Clare Kummer, and manager of her initial offering 
as an author-producer, "Hollo's Wild Oat." This little comedy is at the 
Punch and Judy theatre, a house in the 299 seat class. The piece has 
caught on so well tna*\ it will stay for the balance of the season and 
could run into next season. In any event the house may be taken ojjer 
from Charles Hopkins by Miss Kummer for the next two years. . 

Though the show is doing nearly capacity throughout the week, seats 
have been placed on sale at Leblang's. Henry's reasons for that are 
several. He says there are a goodly number of "nice" people who buy 
tickets In. the cut rates, people who cannot afford to lay down $3 for a 
seat. He wants those people to see "Rollo" and so allots for the early 
part of th#week at least 30 heats to Leblang. None of the seats are sold 
there, however, for less than $2, and some of the box seats are sold at more 
than the box office value (Leblang also sells at a premium). The Punch 
and*Judy is scaled so that there is one row of 14 seats at $1.50 and two 
rows, 28 seats, at $2. The balance of the house is $3. The cheap seats 
are priced to permit patrons who cannot afford the top scale a chance to 
attend. 

But the big reason for the Leblang allotment is that approximately 
60 per cent, of New York's own theatre-going public at some time or 
other visit the cut rates. "Rollo," because it is on sale, is permitted a 
large frame display in the Leblang establishment. This means no incon- 
siderable advertising, both for the play«nd the house, which has had 
but one other hit since it opened — "Treasure Island." 

Henry's is a logical argument in favor of cut rates. There are times 
when it was shown the attraction lost money by having tickets at Leb- 
lang's, proven by the turnaway at the box office. But in total it was 
figured the presence of the tickets in cut rates was actually a material 
benefit.* Other managers are not so perceptive, and there seems to be a 
horrpr on their part to put tickets on sale in cut rates. With their at- 
tractions being under-sold at the box office by around 200 seats nightly 
for the first half of the week, it looks like a better idea to allot such 
tickets to the cut rates, not only for the money, but for the advertising 
gained. 



Long before Marilynn Miller appeared on tho stage in the days of the 
Five Columbians (vaudeville), it was her wont to play about the house, 
and mimic celebrities of the footlights. She always held a title when 
"performing." That was "Sally Green." Her part in the present Zieg- 
feld production is. programed as "Sally Green." 



Ethel Barrymore, stricken some 
weeks ago in Cincinnati with what 
has been called "articular rheuma- 
tism," is virtually isolated In Flower 
Hospital, New York, to which she 
was conveyed Jan. 30 by her uncle, 
John Drew. She will remain there 
at least two weeks longer, as she 
is suffering great pain from im- 
flammatory rheumatism. Her ham's 
are most seriously affected. 

Her physician, Dr. J. J. Danforth, 
says Miss Barrymore's condition is 
more painful than serious and he 
entertains no doubt about her re- 
covery within a few weeks. The 
doctor has prescribed absolute quiet 
for the star and onlv the members 
of her Immediate family, which 
means her husband and children, 
her uncle and her brothers, are per- 
mitted to visit her. They only are 
allowed to remain a brief time. 

Dr. Danforth says the damp 
weather of the last few days has 
had an unfavorable effect on his 
patient's condition, making it im- 
possible for her to raise her arms. 
At the hospital it was said the re- 
port that Miss Barrymore could not 
speak was ridiculous. 

JJales of flowers, letters and tele- 
grams have been sent to the suf- 
fering star by friends and admirers 
since she arrived from Cincinnati 
Sunday. 



MINSTRELS PANNED 

New Orleans Reviewers Don't Like 
O'Brien's Blackface Show 



A dramatic agent in a side street building waa kindly, but firmly, 
asked to vacate by the proprietors thereof from the offices held, and 
who even went so far as to pay the expenses for the booker in the re- 
moval operations. 

It came about through the agent lingering longer than necessary after 
business hours in the quarters to give unceremonious parties. 



New Orleans, Feb. 2. 

O'Brien's Minstrels slipped into 
Tulane Sunday and fell down very 
hard. The local reviewers went 
after the performance from every 
angle. 

It Is for small towns only. Its 
humor needs revision, also its com- 
bination underwear and suffragette 
matter, apparently forgotten by 
everyone excepting this troupe. 

Last year that O'Brien's Minstrels 
need of a producer was most patent, 
and was so remarked; this season 
It is even more so. 



SCHENECTADY HOUSE LEASED 

Schenectady, N. Y. Feb. 1. 
The Hudson here is now playing 
road attractions. January 28-29 Al 
G. Field's Minstrels played to ca- 
pacity for three performances. It is 



John Drinkwater, who arrived from London last week to attend the 
production of his "Mary, Queen of Scots," which William Harris, Jr., is 
putting on, looks more like^a romantic actor than a poet-playwright. 

The gray about his temples is a mark of hardships in his early manhood. gJJJJ Jj£ house^hkVbeTn toased'b? 
At the age of 15 he was apprenticed to an insurance broker who was a 
typical "Michael Feeney," and he remained in that dull calling until he 
reached his thirtieth birthday. He was then married but broke away to 
devote his efforts to the writing of poetry. The first year on his own he 
grossed $350 In earnings. He then turned to stage writing and reached 
fame three years ago with his "Abraham Lincoln." 



Sydney Toler, who Is appearing in "Deburau," is touted as a coming 
playwright. He has written five plays, three of which have been accepted 
for production. A. H. Woods has two of his pieces for next season's 
showing, and Sam H. Harris has the rights to another. Toler's "Show 
Me," a comedy that was tried out in stock last summer, will be presented 
at the Friars Sunday night, it being the first three-act play to be put 
on in the Monastery. 



/William J. Healy, advertising agent 
of the Barney department store. It 
was recently purchased at a fore- 
closure sale by J. Vedder Magee, for 
$26,000. Capacity estimated at 1,250. 



"BLUE EYES" AT £ASIN0. 

"Honeydew" leaving February 21 to 
Tour. 



"Blue Eyes." with :,cw Fields and 
UoUlSj King ntarre.1, will succeed 
' Iloneydew." which withdraws from 
the Casino Feb. 21. Joseph Weber, 
who produced the latter piece, ex- 
plained as a reason for going on 
tour his de.slre to play the logger 
standstills season while the produc- 
tion was fresh. "Honeydew" has 
been doing good business and was 
timed to run here until spring. 

Moirls Hose and Fields produced 
ths musical -nine Byes." ail p i>« 
' n s on the road several weeke 
1 iNds decided to *<• into the show. 
The j»i,.f f > WJ m broas;hl back 10 New 
York two weeks aK<. for fixing an! 
Wis* King was added. 



"ERMINIE'MiOING OUT. 

Leaves at End of Month — $16,000 
Weekly. 



•Ermlnie" will be sent to the road 
at the end of the month, giving the 
n . ivai a run of two months "til New 
York. The. decision of George Tyler 
to send it out Is something of a 
surprise along Broadway. The piece 
opened strongly, getting over $1:0.000 
for its first week. While it dropped 
back, "Knninie" is still playing to 
$ hi. 000 weekly at the Park. 

Mr. Tyler, however, figured the 
continuance of revival business an 
uncertain quantity and thai the 
presence of Francis Wilson and !>»■ 
iVoIf Hopper in the leads is a guar- 
antee o' big takings on tour. The 
ilece is due in Philadelphia early ln< 
March. No successor has been 
I i.oseu- 



FRANCIS REED DOUBLING. 

Francis B. Reed, publicity repre- 
sentative for A. L. Erlanger, has 
taken over the ubllcity for George 
Tyler, following the resignation of 
John P. Toughey. 

It is understood no other change 
will be made in the Tyler press 
plans until next season. 



OTIS SKINNER IN CHICAGO. 

Chicago, Feb. 2. 

Otis Skinner in his present ve- 
hicle, "At the Villa Rose," has sur- 
passed his gross receipts for any 
previous similar period during the 
road tear of the piece. In Cleve- 
land he gave extra matinees. 

The opening here (Illinois) was 
a jciety event and an obvious suc- 

M. 

A. T.eo Flynn, manager, and Stew- 
art I. de Krafft, agent, represent 
Charles Frohman, Inc., In handling 
the enterprise. 



"Purple Mask- Closing Next Week. 

floaton, Feb. 2. 
When Ditrlrhstein winds up here 
this week wltn "The Purple Mask/" 
the show will be taken to Provi- 
dence for a wek and will then be 
( ioscd. 



ARMING BOSTON TREASURERS 

• Boston, Feb. t. 

The arming of theatre treasurers 
in New York was anticipated in this 
city by the Shuberts, who took this 
step about four weeks ;go. j*i that 
time Bostonians were getting a bit 
leery because of an epidemic of 
holdups, to take care of which ex- 
tra officers had been put o r street 
duty. So far no attempt has been 
made to rob theatre box offices or 
waylay he treasurers. 

Incidentally two of the Shubert 
treasurers here are women. 



ERLANGER'S K. C. HOUSE 



New One, Built by Dubinskys, An 
nounced. 



Kansas City, Feb. 2. 

A new theatre for the Erlanger 
attraction is to be erected here as 
soon as one of several prospective 
sites can be secured. Announce- 
ment of the new house was made 
following a conference between Al- 
fred E. Aarons and the Dublnsky 
brothers, who will built the new 
house. 

The Dubinskys now control the 
Grand, playing Klaw & Erlanger at- 
tractions, and have a sevon-year 
franchise or contract with K & E. 
It was stated the new house is 
to be built on a basis of an exten- 
sion of the seven-year franchise to 
30 years. 

The new house will* be south of 
12th street, and rumor has it, will 
be located within three blocks from 
13th and Main streets, which will 
place it among a number of other 
houses. The Dublnsky Brothers, 
who will finance and build it, an- 
nounce that the house will cost in 
the neighborhood of half a million, 
will seat 1,500 and will be ready not 
later than September. 1922, perhaps 
sooner. 



TREASURERS SWITCH 

Several Shubert Changes In Effect 
This Week 



Several changes in the box offices 
of Shubert theatres became effec- 
tive Monday. Clarence Jacobson, 
formerly a company manager and 
lately a producer of vaudeville acts, 
is now treasurer of the Casino. 
Jimmy Peppard, of the latter house, 
has been moved over to the 39th 
street, succeeding Jack Pearl. 

The new Ambassadors, opening 
Monday next, has Maurice De Vrles 
as treasurer. He was switched over 
from the Crescent, Brooklyn. His 
post In the latter theatre was as- 
signed A. Workman, an assistant 
treasurer at the 44th Street. 



SUMMER SHOW DUE 
AT WOODS' AT $1.50? 

"Jim Jam Jems" Reported 
Wanting Date and Price. 

• 

Chicago, Feb. 2. 

If the scheme of the newly made 
"Jim Jam Jem's'* management 
works out, that piece will debut in 
Chicago, at Woods' during April, 
prepared to go into a summer run 
at $1.60 top. 

The show believes A. II. Woods 
will capitulate to the agreement, 
though it has not as yet been set- 
tled. They see in it a run they 
think virtually guaranteed through 
tho scale, which would be about the 
ftrwt $1.50 piece the Loop has seen 
since pre-war days. 



"Jim Jam Jems" opened last night 
at Stamford, Conn. It is a new 
version of the John Cort produc- 
tion, under the management of Ar- 
thur Pearson, who has a couple of 
partners. 

The show Is due to start at the 
Wilbur, Boston, Feb. 21, though the 
house wants it a week earlier owing 
to the Rock show closing at the 
Wilbur this, its second week. The 
Rock show may not do over $8,000 
this week. The closing is believed 
to be final for that attraction. 

The Wilbur will probably put in 
a picture for the Interval until the 
Rock show "Jams" show appears. 

REWRITING "DUMPLINS," - 

Earl Carrol Has Louit Mann iw 
Mind. 

"Daddy Dumplins" is being re- 
written by Earl Carrol; who has in 
mind the starring of Louis Mann in 
the piece. The show was with- 
drawn one week after it left the 
Republic last month, where it was 
offered with Macklyn Arbuckle in 
the lead. The rewritten version 
calls for a dialect characterization 
in the main role. 

The assigning of a Chicago the- 
atre is pending, and until then final 
arrangements between Carrol and 
Mann await settlement. The latter 
is said to have been offered $750 
weekly salary and a third Interest 
in the profits. 



BERNARD FRANK OUT 

Syracuse. N. Y., Feb. 2. 

Resignation of Bernard Flank. 
Shubert representative in charge of 
the Wleting Opera House, was an- 
nounced Monday. Shuberts called 
Mr. Frank to New York for a con- 
ference last week, and he has not 
as yet returned to this city. He was 
succeeded here by Nicholas Holds, 
of the Shubert home office, who as- 
sumed charge of the Wleting Mon- 
day morning. 

No explanation accompanied the 
change. It is possible Mr. Frank 
will retire from the theatrical field, 
his friends understand. 



£. D. PRICE RESIGNS. 

San Francisco, Feb. 2. 

E. D. Price for the past three 
years general manager of the Alca- 
zar theatre, has tendered his resig- 
nation and will leave next week 
for New York City, to take n 
thorough rest. Price was a very in- 
timate friend of the late Frederic 
Belasco, lessee of the Alcazar 

Price's successor has not yet been 
named, but it Is understood Lionel 
B. Samuels, treasurer for the past 
14 years, will be promoted. 

4 PATSY" GOING TO CHICAGO 

Ronton, Feb. 2. 

William Moore Patch's piece "Pat- 
sy. It's Up to i'ou.'at the Globe this 
and next week, Is set for Chicago In- 
stead of New York according to 
report. 

The cast is headed by Joe Santley 
and Ivy Sawyer. Boms of the peo- 
ple gave notl^f win-n Fhejr learned 
that the show was headed for Chi- 
cago. 



PATCH SELLS INTEREST 

"William Moore Patch has sold his 
12 per cent. Interest to the Bdgnr 
MacCregor syndicate, which owns 
"The Sweetheart shop," and the 
show will hereafter be exploited -\- 
c 1 ■■..-dv'ely under th^ name of lOdgai 
Maedregor. 

The piece did $17,000 In Kansas 
City last week— lis 61st week with- 
out a break and is already rou • I 
until next September. 



EARL CARROLL'S COMPANY 

Albany, N. Y., Feb. I. 

The Karl Carroll Realty Corpor- 
ation has been Incorporated at the 
Secretary of State's office. The com- 
pany will engage in the construc- 
tion of theatres and in the general 
realty business. The capital stock 
is placed at $125,000, but the con- 
cern begins business with $500. 

Earl Carroll, Nathan April and 
Abncr N. Stupel are the directors. 
Mr. April is the lawyer for the cor- 
poration. 



WOODS LOSES BOOKER. 

Frank Matthews has resigned, 
from the A. H. Woods office, where 
he handled tlu bookings for Woods* 
attractions. He has gone with the 
"city" show of "Irene," joining at 
Pittsburgh this week. The show la 
aimed for the coast. 

No successor has been appointed 
at the Woods office. 



EQUITY SHOP BALLOTS 
SENT OUT TO MEMBERS 



Emerson and Council Make 
Special Pleas for Support. 



The Actors' Equity Association 
will ballot this month for the pro- 
posed "Equity Shop." A notice sent 
out by Equity a few days ago eo 
stated, saying the polls on the refer- 
endum will close at 6 p. m. Feb. 2$. 

Next Sunday at the Hotel Astor, 
New York, the Motion Picture Sec- 
tion of the Equity will hold a meet- 
ing, with John Emerson presiding. 

The envelope with the referendum 
ballot contained a letter labeled "A 
Personal Letter from John Emer- 
son," and also a circular on the 
Faulty Shop, addressed "Dear Fel- 
low Member." dated Jan. 18. 

The ballot Is on a postcard, ad- 
dressed on one side to the Equity la 
New York for mailing. The other 
side holds two lines, one reading; 
"Are you in favor of the Equity 
Shop" and the other, "Are you op- 
posed to the Equity Shop" with 
i^mall boxes for the voter to place a 
(toss In either. Nothing else on the 
reverse side of the card, other than 
a ^i»ace for the member to slqn. 

• (Continued, on page 30.) 



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LEGITIMATE 



Friday, February 4, 1921 



OUT OF TOWN REVIEWS 






AT THE VILLA ROSE.I 



Chicago, Feb. 2. 

.... Mu<j« line Delmar 

Jeffreys Lewi* 

....OctHViu Kenmorv 
...Clarence Dorwent 

Otl» Skinner 

Hotnaine Callenrfar 

.... .Miriam Lewos 

.Uob«rt I>onal«1»on 

Charts N. Or«en* 

Stanley Edwards 

Perrichet J° nn „ Ko *f ™ 

r>un*tt« Robort Brenton 

A NurM Kleanor ggrkolt 

A Doctor Janaea Church 



Cells llarland 

t'amllle Dauvray 

Heleno Vauquier 

Henry Wethcrnnll 

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Adele Tace 

Servettas • 

Flcurldt 

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Otis Skinner's first local appear- 
ance in three years brought out. so- 
ciety. Society and the tlrst-nighters 
clattered an enthusiastic approval 
of this vehicle — a four-aeter by A. 
B. W. Mason. On the third-act cur- 
tain there was clamorous applause, 
rising to an ovation and forcing a 
speech. The play is a modern melo- 
drama of crooks and a detective 
(Mr. Skinner), and appears an as- 
sured success. It marks Mr. Skin- 
ner's return to the Frohman banner 
and is worthy in tone, settings and 
general atmopshere of the beloved 
star and the dignified stamp he once 
more bears. 

The piece Is not a logical selection 
for Ctis Skinner, but it works out as 
a satisfactory one for him. It calls 
for poise, suavity and repression 
rather than some of the more ag- 
gressive and virile faculties which in 
the past have added to the Skinner 
laurels. He appears for only a few 
moments In the first act, not at all 
during the second, the third is vir- 
tually his monolog, ^and In the 
fourth he does an Impersonation 
throughout and up to the last mo- 
ment, when he sheds beard, wig and 
hat In the standardized melodrama 
form, and lo! he is Hawkshaw. 

There are some minor inconsisten- 
cies and improbabilities, but on the 
whole "At the Villa Rose" is skill- 
fully written and holds with a clutch 
that rarely breaks despite the easy 
deportment of the star. It is a tale 
of a rich old woman, superstitious 
and maudlin in sentimentality, who 
picks up a waif girl in a cafe and 
loves her. The woman has been the. 
victim of fortune-tellers and other 
sharpers for years. The girl tries to 
shake them off. To do this she tries 
a fake seance In order to show her 
benefactress what fraudulent thing 
it is, but the woman is so impressed 
that the girl dares not confess to 
her and has to keep on summoning 
the "spirits" nightly. 

A band of thieves know of this 
through the maid In the house, who 
is in league with them and with a 
ruined young Romeo who is desper- 

The man makes love to the 1 .. 



WHAT'S YOUB NUMBER ? 

Washington. D. C, Feb. 2. 

1st Ktewart WUIard Fo«t*r 

2nd Rtewart Robert Harngan 

3rd HtSWart No*d Ureb 

Jack Stanley RUhurd Taber 

Mm. Jack Stanley Dorothy Mortimer 

Mr?. IV Maktpeaco Witter. lsab< I O Madiiran 

Mr. 17. Makepeace Wlttt-i Tom I.ewi« 

Percy Jonex Purnetl Pratt 

Vt,otoire. Merlin ,..9«moini« Nicolai 

Robert Adama l'u.ust VVlnah! 

Roberta Adams Marie Carroll 

Taxi Driver Anton Awcher 

Sliip'i Officer J*imes A. liouhell 



Th© theatre-going public had 
come to believe the day of the bed- 
room had passed, but at the Shu- 
bert-Garrlck Sunday another one 
made its bid, starting with an atro- 
cious first act, burdened with im- 
possible stage direction and \p most 
instances badly miscast, but still 
brought hearty laughter after once 
under way. Adallade Matthews and 
Anna Nichols, responsible for the 



authorship, appear to have supplied 

Jules Hurtig, the producer, with a Grange pickers promised to be a 



some charms of his faithful wife, 
Chicago Is glad to hava the confi- 
dence and respect of Its broad West, 
of which California Is the shining 
spot. Therefore Chicago is essen- 
tially interested In Western prod- 
ucts, and therefore theatrical Chi- 
cago put on its Sunday clothes and 
turned out to greet this California 
bhow. 

The Fanchon and Marco affair 
had set a few road records between 
here and the Pacific sands without 
ever getting a Broadway O. K. 
Shamelessly, it flaunted its West- 
ern origin, even its California 
chorus, daring to Introduce into re- 
vue business what theretofore had 
only survived in pictures. Mack 
Bennett made the Los Angeles 
bathing girl immortal, meeting the* 
best that New York had ever shown 
in shapeliness, exposure, lure and 
chic; Funcbjon and Marco took the 
movies for a text, but eliminated 
the overdone and undercla* beach 
peach, and had the audacity to ad- 
vertise a chorus not "intact from 
the Broadway production." That 
sounded enticing here. Not that 
most of the New York chorus pips 
aren't from the W T estera sticks — 
bit after they get New Yorky they 
become stamped into a type. These 




ate. 



foHter-daughter. She is tricked Into 
starting one of the seances, but in- 
stead of having her hands lightly 
bound she is tied with ropes and 
knots, and while the room is in 
darkness the man steals in, strangles 
the woman and attempts to steal her 
fortune in Jewels. The scene in the 
dark is terrific, the victim fancying 
that she Is being strangled by the 
spirits. 

Mr. Skinner acts a detective and 
falls in love with the girl, though he 
hasn't a love scene with her until 
the final curtain. He unravels the 
mystery and takes all the culprits. 
Some of the back-working detective 
material is Intensely interesting. 
Throughout the audience is "let in" 
on the truth and tho detective has 
to find out from clews what the 
audience already knows, which is 
the other way to tell a detective 
story, the most popular being to 
create a mystery to be gradually 
solved by the audience, as in "The 
Bat." In this treatment Mr. Mason 
has many sound precedents, such as 
"Macbeth," also considered a pretty 
good melodrama. 

Mr. Skinner is tremendous in his 
fluency and piano tempo, backed by 
the hysterical speed and tensity un- 
der which the others continuously 
operate in his support. He yields 
the "biggest" scenes to others while 
he is off stage, but has no difficulty 
in completely dominating when he 
is in view, despite the nonchalant 
character he assumes, except in the 
last act, when he Is disguised as a 
crook-clairvoyant and Is called to 
do some broad "acting." Jeffreys 
Lewis, one of the historic grand 
dames of tho American stage, I: 
superb as the eccentric old woman, 
and Miriam Lewis, as one of the 
conspirators — by far the most nat- 
ural role in the play as written and 
delivered — scores an artistic tri- 
umph. Miss Delmar, as the leading 
woman, seems overcast. Octavla 
Kenmoro performs with sterling 
fidelity a difficult, unsympathetic 
role as the maid. Tho remainder of 
the east Is efficient. 

"At tho Villa Hose" is a departure 



potential success. 

A great deal depends on what Mr. 
Hurtig now does during the early 
development stages. In the first 
scene of the second act a really 
clever scene is presentt <1. The 
young fellow has slept on the ad- 
joining cot in the stateroom of a 
steamer the night through. When 
the two awaken in the morning, 
that 15 -minute scene was a gem of 
real artistry and legitimate humor. 

The balance of the play endeavors 
earnestly to hold up to this scene, 
and It will when the "pruning" 
knife is properly used. Tho situa- 
tions are there, but played upon to 
too great an extent. If the whole 
thing is now handled with careful 
thought, it will become what the 
produced has claimed for it. a "farce 
comedy;" it isn't quite that yet, but 
if a director of experience, one who 
can appreciate a situation, get the 
meat from it without taking too 
long to do so, that which starts on 
a pier in Bordeaux when an ocean 
liner is about to leave for New 
York will be a mighty funny enter- 
tainment. 

The piece drifts Anally - to the 
conventional love scene, and suffers 
greatly from over-emphasis and 
tiresome •repetition of incidents 
basically funny but become boring 
because of over attention. 

The two principal roles are en- 
trusted to Forrest Winant and Marie 
Carroll. They handle them splen- 
didly, particularly in the stateroom 
scene, where one is Ird to believe 
that these two have been left to 

work out their own destinies" to 



novelty. 

The sun-kissed maids look so 
fresh snd sweet that most will 
probably never get back to Cali- 
fornia again, except It be with a 
couple of maids, a chauffeur and a 
suite at Pasadena. Nifty kids, run- 
ning largely to the medium and 
pony sizes, their eyes sparkle and 
their nimble limbs lilt lightly with 
youth and the sizzling enthusiasm 
of playing a "stand" at last. Here 
for once Is a chorus that looks 
pleased rather than bored, excited 
rather than annoyed. 

The Fanchon- Marco show, all the 
way, reflects some such spirit. It 
reeks with talent, most of it In- 
cipient. Many a New York star 
will come out of this Western 
troupe. They say Ziegfeld and 
Shuhert and other producers in the 
Omniscient Metropolis have shot 
scouts to the Olympic already. If 
those scouts have any vision, here is 
what they saw: 

Muriel Stryker, as superlatively 
beautiful and sensationally stellar 
a dancer as has been uncovered 
(the word is used advisedly) in 20 
years. — 

Nelson and Chain, a team of 
spontaneous ■ miles — original, 
unctuous, harmonious, heartily 
amusing, versatile and bristling 
with personality. 

Arthur West, a "fat boy" charac- 
ter comedian of delicious individu- 
ality, intimate approach, inoffensive 
yet explosive methods, rich, humor- 
ous conception and 



IN THE NIGHT WATCH 

Lieutenant Bramboury CyrH Scott 

Alice Perlet Margaret Da • 

Eugenie De CorlaU J ** nr ? ,?**? U 

Lieutenant Commander Duleo.Paset Hunter 

Commander Far ya— on Knox Urue 

Lieutenant D'Artells* Edmund Lowe 

Captain De CorlaU Robert Warwick 

Chief Engineer Btrodat Robert Thorn* 

Surgeon Ribot Hap.ld Do Beojwr 

Daaorne B. Hmit tnaflon 

Le Due Max Firman 

Cabin Boy..* • »- • .Albert Oilier 

Signalman •£>«"* ■ K. RWer 

Quaiiermaater Frank H. Miner 

Petty Officer « Aujruatua Holland 

Clerk of the Court Kenneth Lawto" 

Commander Mowbray Maclyn ArbuckU 

Captain De L'Eatiaaso John Webster 

Rear Admiral De Lutaen Walter Walker 

Rear Admiral De ChaJlemont, 

Joaeph Morlaann 
Rear Admiral De I,oubat... Jefferson Murray 

The newspaper ads for "th the 
Night Watch" describe it as a super- 
spectacle. It's all of that and more 
■cenically. a sinking battleahlp scene 
in the second act transcending the 
best shown over here. 

The play, which opened at the 
Century Jan. 29. was produced by 
tho Shuberts, is in three acts and 
four scenes, and originally authored 
by Farrere and Nepoty as "La vcille 
d'Armes." It was produced origi- 
nally In Paris some three years ago. 
and later In London, having long 
runs In each city. Michael Morton 
"freely adapted" the piece, tho ver- 
sion showing at the Century being 
the same as that played in London. 

Despite the cast holding an array 
of stars : Jid "names" that would do 



and now has that difficult combina- 
tion "sol ved r sophistication trickling 
through simp demeanor. He is a 
hearty chap, round and smiley, 
cheerful and cheery. 

Wohlixran, also familiar here, 
steps out as a light comedy leading 
man, at the same time a specialty 
singer of the Jack Nor worth school 
of some years back. He is a hand- 
some chap, athletic in structure, a 
clothes -wearer de luxe, and a line- 
re..der of poise and nonchalance. 
He knocked out a couple of indi- 
vidual hits. West, following the 
whole gang, held the house with a 
quiet specialty at 10:45. 

You never saw such a show for 
singles and doubles stepping out 
unexpectedly and making 'em like 
it. Miss Stryker, alone, of the prin- 
cipals, got no solo opportunities; 
that was a pity. 

Fanchon and Marco do not ob- 
trude themselves on their guests. 
They are seldom in evidence. Marco 
expression, | runs one scene, Addling and 



sure-fire laugh wallop and a healthy I dancing, largely in support of 



a greater degree. Mr. Winant In a 
drunken scene in the awful first act 
doesn't come up to the mark at all. 
and Miss Carroll is entirely too 
sugary sweet, too much the little 
flapper. Here it would seem the 
director has done his worst. As the 
play progresses these two more than 
retrieve themselves. 

Dorothy Mortimer does handle the 
role of the busy-body bride, whose 
talking causes all the trouble, with 
the greatest effect. She was a de- 
light. Richard Tabor as the youtn« 
ful bridegroom was satisfactory in 
a typical juvenile role. Gcsmonde 
Nicolai will, when her performance 
of the deserted French girl is toned 
down, be a success in the role, but 
Purnell Pratt was entirely too heavy 
for Percy Jones, while Tom Lewis 
tried very hard with a supposedly 
comedy part that was not funny 
except for what he put Into it. 

The scenic investure is excellent, 
depleting the dock and later the 
decks of the liner. The faults to- 
night are not such but that they 
can be easily overcome and there 
Isn't any valid reason why "What's 
Your Number" should not prove 
that there is still one kick left in 
the Bedroom farce. Mcakin* 



FANCHON-MARCO 

Chicago, Feb. 2. 

An Offlce Boy Arthur Weat 

A Stenographer Daiiiy De Witte 

Scenario Edrtor John Kheehan 

Director Al Wohlman 

Child Actreaa Lucile Harmon 

Social Lender Eva Clark 

"Nut" Appllcanta 

Eddie Nelson and Doll Chain 

Indian Idol Muriel Stryker 

P^pny Kldn.lvanelle Ladd and Sibyl Stuart 

Mine Smile* Marrla Adair 

Dancers The "Wright Dancers 

Clpsy Olrl Mile. Fanchon 

Roy Wilson's San Franc ifti'o Orchestra. 

No more interesting event has hit 

the local rialto in seasons than 

Fanchon and Marco's "Satires of 

1920. " Chicago regards itself — as it 

for Mr. Skinner which presents him, I '«— of th © West, it is nearer New 

in view of his past roles, as a star I York by thousand* of miles than it 

is to California, but it is nearer 
California by thousands of tradi- 
tions and inter-relations. Chicago 
Is the switchboard, the communica- 
tion center between Fast and West. 
It is the Fast of the West, but still 
of the West. To New York It is a 
rich uncle with lots of money and 
red flannel underwear; to the West 
It Is a beloved hi ad of the family — 
revered, worshiped, idolized. 

Chicago knows It will never dent 
the flinty crust of the supercilious 
and sneering Fast; so. like a yokel 
who ha* Ighed for a dizzy wild 
woman, but despaired of evar im- 
pressing her, and turns then to con 



of tremendous versatility and that 
throbbing power which can cause 
one individual to predominate in the 
background where others cannot 
match him In the limelight. And It 
is a box-office success. Lnit. 



Borrowing McNaugliton. 

Charles McNaughton, In "Three 
JJv Ghosts," Is to be loaned to 
iwinchell Smith for a new piece the 
latter has in mind for Imminent pre- 
sentation. 

Pending the "loan," Max llmrdn 
|* deferring his proposed American 



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roductlon of "Piccadilly Jim. 



voice. 

Al Wohlmsn, a more than splen- 
did straight man of striking ap- 
pearance, with a two-handed sys- 
tem, making him equally punchy in 
comedy songs and lyrical semi- 
ballads, with a sangfroid that puts 
an audience at ease and a kick to 
his double entendre cracks that 
makes them snap and echo. 

Eva Clark, •». prima donna with a 
heavenly voice that stops the show, 
and a chautauqua delivery. 

Wright Dancers* some young 
girls who can't dance well enough 
to be used in the chorus, so do a 
flat specialty. 

John Sheehsn, a silly-ass British 
character man, who looks all right, 
who points his points so pointedly 
that they broaden like soft-nosed 
bullets. 

Lucils Harmon, a harmless In- 
genue. 

Fanchon, a weightless dancer, 
who looks like Galll-Curcl, speaks 
in whispers, sings like Ann Pen- 
nington, acts like Irene Castle, yet 
gets over the footlights an artistic 
something which is indefinable, 
which registers in keeping with 
prominence over this company of 
able entertainers, and Impresses. 

Marco, a foreign -looking youth of 
sturdy frame and fragile manners, 
temperamental of mien, modest in 
his often beautiful work, gifted as 
a violinist, an exceptional dancer 
in several styles, an actor who ap- 
parently recognizes his own limita- 
tions (the rarest work of God), and 
a stage gentleman. 

Miss Stryker is the And of a gen- 
eration. A godly sized child, 
amazingly beautiful of body and 
features, she dances as well as 
Ruth St. Denis did— and that is a 
considerable statement. In an 
Indian dance with an indescribably 
brilliant exit across stage in a series 
of flowing splits, and in an Egy, 
tlan .bit in which she executed 
credible contortions with miracu- 
lous grace, sho shone resplendent. 
Her future Is "in." 

Nelson and Chain hit the house 
with a couple of bang scenes of 
their own, one the eccentric "nut" 
specialty, in which they enter on 
boys' bicycles; the other a burlesque 
mind-reading episode, with Nelson 
working the aisles. Either Is a 
next to closing stunt for the Talace; 
both, with other moments and a 
dancing splash by Nelson, stamp 
these young fellows as top-notchers. 
Chain's appearance and deport- 
ment. Nelson's childishly Ingenuous 
"nuttisms," and their* many tricks 
and satirical wisdoms carried them 
to their fat hits and "made" them 
here forever. 

is, theatrically, a 
lie has developed 



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vaudeville days, I beauty. 



others, then goes over the top in 
several sweet figures with his 
sister, Fanchon, who seems to 
weigh nothing, nd who dances en- 
tirely without effort. 

The Wilson orchestra is of the 
'Frisco Jazzy family, as good and 
as strong . ts any that came from 
there. The leader of tho pit orches- 
tra, Reuben Woolf, and the pit 
drummer, work along all through 
th i show, the leader using cornet 
and entertaining during intermis- 
sion. He and the drummer could 
do a musical turn on any stage. 

Tho production is fair. One 
scene, the finale drop on the first 
half, seemingly woven of vines and 
leaves, v through which the whole 
company and choru. protrude their 
heads for an encore chorus of a 
California hymn of praise, is a 
masterpiece of construction and de- 
sign and will be largely imitated. 
It is said to be by the Universal 
Scenic Studio of Chicago, and was 
added for the local premiere. The 
costumes are, with few exceptions, 
small time. A set of Indian wear 
Is piffling, and an attempt at a 
"flash" in the second act finale was 
a- feeble smear of tinsel and rhlne- 
stones, passe and obsolete. The 
"book," by Jean Havez, Is punk. 

But on the whole the looks and 
tho action, the surroundings and 
the personalities, dovetailed Into an 
eveninr of speedy, decent, frolic- 
some entertainment. California has 
nothing to be ashamed of in Fan- 
chon and Marco's claims. This en- 
terprise did not cost as much as 
some vaudeville acts and probably 
not as much as one set of costumes 
for a Winter Garden revue. Maybe 
New York would sneer at Its un- 
pretentious simplicity. New York 
would want to dress up its girls at 
once — but they would never look as 
well again. C ming from Cali- 
fornia, and being somewhat of a 
success in Chicago, the bhow is 
hopeless for New York, anyhow, so 
what's the difference? 

No; New York will just strip 
Fanchon and Marco in time of all 
the talent they collected In this en- 
semble, ari send those ambitious 
young folks back to the West, the 
mother lode of Eastern stars, for 
more with /Inch to enrich the 
swollen pockets of Broadway. But 
New York will not admit that a 
show out of which it will stear 
Muriel Stryker, Nelson and Chain. 
Al Wohlman, Arthur West, and 
rraybe Fanchon and Marco, is 
worth a whoop. Meanwhile, Chi- 
cago and tho West will hug this re- 
vue and Its charmers and Jesters 
and artists to its bosom like a rural 
mother its growing daughter, know- 
ing the City Chap will lure her as 
soon as he sees her Innocent, boob 

Lnit. 



credit to a Lambs' Gambol, the d*t 
formance was notable for it- 
em oothness as regards "team wort? 
on the opening night. Robert War 
wick as the hero, a French naval 
captain, who had most of the "fat? 
gave an impressive performance 
mat the real honors were capturaS 
by Max Figman. who made whit 
would have been an Inconsequential 
part of u common seaman stand out 
above every other character in tha 
play. Macklyn Arbucklo was an 
other of the "names" who roea 
above the limitations of a relative!? 
small part, not appearing until the 
third act and playing the role of i 
testy naval official. 

Cyril Scott did a heavy with con- 
summate artistry. Edmund Lows 
also playing a heavy, endowed his' 
performance with a distinction and 
spirit of dare-devil youthfulnest 
that made a striking and desirable 
contrast to the deeper and craftier 
wickedness of Mr. Scott's character 
Jeanne Eagels am' Margaret Dale 
are the only women. Miss Kagels 
has the principal female role, that of 
a weak-willed woman, the wife of 
the naval captain. Miss Eaguls has 
two big scenes — one in the second 
act with Mr. Lowe and the other in 
the last act. Both were character- 
ized by superior quality of emotion- 
alism, not of the ranting, weepy 
type, but marked with a sincerity 
that gets directly over the foot- 
lights. Miss Dalo is buried In a 
minor role. 

rn the third act Walter Walker 
gets a lots-out of a French naval 
officer presiding as the Judge of a 
court-martial. The rest of the male 
principals have contributory roles, 
all of which, however, are very well 
played, even to the smallest "bits." 
"In the Night Watch," while 
frankly melodramatic, is different 
from the usual scenic melodrama in 
that its authors have oaflppled up the 
latter idea «Jritli a familiar problem 
play theme, that of a wife not re- 
ceiving the attention she believes 
she deserves from her husband snd. 
accepting the advances of a younger 
and more solicitous lover. Instead 
of the customary drawing-room 
background for the clandestine af- 
fair, the action for two acts is laid 
aboard the French battleship which 
tho woman's husband commands. 
The lover is a lieutenant on the 
same ship. 

The play opens with a striking 
stage picture, a dance aboard ship. 
It is the night on which war is de- 
clared between France and Ger- 
many, but there Is still a belief early 
In the evening war may still be 
averted. The captain's W*fe (Miss 
Eagels) Is visiting her husband. The 
latter (Robert Warwick) Is ab- 
stracted, his mind being engrossed 
with the expectancy of war. The 
lover (Mr. Lowe) induces the wife 
to go below to his cabin. Meanwhile 
the captain thinks his wife has gone 
ashore, and, assembling his officers • 
on the deck, tells them he has mis- 
read a telegram to make his wife 
believe no declaration of war has as 
yet been made, and announces the 
war Is on. 

The decks are" rapidly cleared for 
action, and the awning which served 
for the dance being removed show* 
a realistic gun turret, with three 
long-range guns. A water and night 
sky effect makes a highly effective 
scene. The ship which has been at 
anchpr sails away, the wife and 
lover below oblivious of what has 
taken place in their absence from 
the deck. First scene of the second 
act shows the wife and lover discov- 
ering tho ship Is moving snd later 
that war has been declared with 
consequent consternation of the 
lover and utter terror of the wife. 
This is In "two," showing two sec- 
tions of the cabins. Mr. Lowe sod 
Miss Eagels ha\j a stirring scene 
here. 

The second scene o* the second 
act is preceded by lowering the drop 
for a minute, the house being dark- 
ened. This Is the big battleship 
scene. The ship, through a me- 
chanical arrangement. Is made to 
roll with the waves. The bridge, 
with Its signaling apparatus, is Id 
full detail and the set is realistic. 

A sea fight follows, with roaring 
cannon mingling with a medley of 
shouted commands and all of tha 
attendants thrills that arises with 
two battleships fighting a duel to 
the death. The German ship, which 
has nmouflaged Itself as a French 
vessel. Is sunk, but the deception haJ 
permitted It to get within range to 
deliver a raking fire on tho French 
boat, a torpedo striking the latter In 
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LOEWS PORTLAND HOUSE. 

c- m Harris Announces Oregon Deal 
for $750,000 Theatre. 

San Francisco. Feb. t. 

Announcement was- made last 
week by Sam Harris, of the Acker- 
man-Harris circuit, that a theatre 
larger than any now in Portland 
would soon be constructed in that 
city fof the Ackerman-Harrls-Loew 
syndicate. It will be used as a 
vaudeville and picture house. 

The proposed theatre will cover a 
site of approximately 100 x 200 feet. 
The location will not be announced 
until a final real estate deal now 
pending is made. The cost will ex- 
ceed $750,000, according to plans. 
Harris declared that this house 
would be the home of the "two-a- 
day-Loow vaudeville" when the time 
comes. 



PINCUS ENGAGED. 

San Francisco. Fib 2. 

Charles Morris IMncus, house 
manager of the Califoi nia, and 
Viola Jaeoby, popular in this city's 
younger society circle, announced 
their engagement at a pretty d Inner 
at the St. Francis Hotel lust week. 
No date has yet been set for the 
wedding. , 

The bride -elect is the nieee of 
Mrs. J. Mey»rs. PinQUl is a nephew 
of Ralph Pincus, manager of the 
Columbia and president of the Wig- 
wam theatre. Sol Pincus, assistant 
manager of the Imperial, is also an 
uncle. 



LOEWS, OAKLAND, SPLIT. 

Fan Francisco, Feb. 2. 

During the latter par* of this 
month Loew's State, Oakland, will 
install a split-week policy, using 
road fthOWl intaet, with a picture. 

Since the opening of the house 
several months ago only three acts 
have been used. Because of the big 
business and the fact that there la 
only one other vaudeville house in 
Oakland the Ackerman- Harris of- 
fices decided on the change. 



Morrison's Divorce Action. 

San Francisco, Feb. 2. 

Albert J. Morrison, local artist, 
last week filed suit for divorce from 
Alva M. Morrison on the grounds 
ef ajleged desertion. 

The couple were married in Au- 
rora, 111., in 1913, and have been 
separated since 1917, according to 
the complaint. 



Mrs. Gladys Boden Receives Divorce 

San Francisco, Feb. 2. 
Giving testimony that her hus- 
band disappeared while she was fill- 
ing a concert engagement in San 
Diego, Mrs. Gladys Boden, singer, 
was granted a divorce from William 
J. Boden, non- professional, last 
week. 



PRINCESS, 'FRISCO 

San Francisco, Jan. 28. 
Bert Levey's. Princess, in the Fill- 
more district, is enjoying one of the 
finest business seasons, the house 
playing to capacity crowds at both 
shows nightly. With prices at 25c- 
30c, each of the 1,750 seats is usually 
occupied long before the time for 
the second night performance. The 
program consists of a feature pic- 
ture, a comedy, pictorial news and 
four vaudeville acts. 

StarT and kinder, a mired team, 
in ' one" have pleasing popular 
•ong« and piano numbers. They 
opened the vaudeville carrying good 
applause, The comedy of this end 
waa supplied by Berry and Bell, 
two men, one straight and the other 
a rube. They brought plenty of 
laughs with a nifty layout of gags. 
although a few have been heard 
here before. The straight possesses 
a good voice, and, with the assist - 
'"''• of the rube, puts over a har- 
monious song. 

The Wilsons, mixed team, closed 

fhe vaudeville with a weigh t- 1 if t- 

ng and jaw-swinging net, using 

1 !I stage, and carried away the hit 

1,,n ■" with some fine' strength 

mal« .t.s r.".!;^a»*m-.-< *o : it< 

Ntsruing work, using his partner 

rr the w.-ight. Th<> girl is at- 

'tive and well groomed for her 

: 'i- The :iet carries some heauti- 

1,11 settings which, with the 

Roman's elaborate wardrobe, gives 

■' ' ; " and hlgh*dass impression. 

'i ' With a Violin that he pla \ R 

n ' getting- good applause In re- 
\ »»'». eomph tes the vaudeville* 
'"' !| ' I'r.'c • of Redennpl ion" headed 
, '" picture »> erings. An entertain* 

1 '"•. dy Mini a snug pile; of ) 

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FRISCO'S TOUR B HOUSE 

Ackerssan & Harris Take Lyris for 
Loew Circuit. 



San Francisco, Feb. I. 

The Lyric, in the Fillmore dis- 
trict, has been taken over by Acker - 
man & Harris for Loew and will 
soon Install a split-week policy of 
Tour B shows, booked from the San 
Francisco office. 

The only other vaudeville house 
in the Fillmore district is the Prin- 
cess, owned and operated by Bert 
Levey. 

The Lyric lias been showing pic- 
tures only for the past three years. 



* FRISCO NOTES. 

San Francisco. Feb. 2. 
Charlotte Dawn, from picture*. 
Opened ;.t Marquard's cafe last Sun- 
day night. 



Howaid Ilormr has replaced Miss 
McCabe hh press agent for Loew's 
state. Oakland. 

Sam Willeford. former naval offi- 
cer, Is the new assistant manager 
at the Oakland 1'antages. 

M. Anthony Linden, Hrst Mute with 
the San Francisco Symphony Or*- 
chesfra. is the new leader of Ye 
Liberty's orchestra, replacing Paul 
Ash. who is at Loew's State. Oak- 
land. Mrs. Kmmy Linden, his wife, 
is playing the piano. 



PANTAGES, FRISCO, 

San Francisco, Feb. 1. 

Pantages this week has am excel- 
lent bill, with singing numbers the 
rule. The Imperial Quintet easily 
carries off the honors, with excep- 
tional singing In Italian of operatic 
bits and popular folk songs. All 
the singers are possessed of good 
voices. 

Rowland and Meehan, next to 
closing, Hcored favorably with their 
comedy talk and Irish songs, both 
showing good voices, 

No-Moe Japs, two men and a 
woman, held the closlvtg spot with 
pleasing Japanese athletics, the 
demonstrations of the girl being 
especially good. 

Billy Chase and Charlotte La 
Tour, in "Pink Stockings." have 
striking personalities and good ma- 
terial, the result being that they 
draw laughter and applause with 
their humorous chatter id songs. 

Dorothy Lewis received excellent 
applause in return for her well de- 
livered songs. 

The show is opened by the Girls 
of Altitude, who reveal ui. usually 
;•..... i aerial acrobatics and some 
surprising weight swinging feats 
with their teeth. 



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OBITUARY 



HUGH NIXON- FRANK RI3DALE. 

Hugh Nixon, 62, and Frank ltis- 
dale. 60, died in Bellevue Jan. 21, 
within an hour of each other, and 
were burled together Jan. 30 under 
auspices of the Actors' Fund. 

Nixon, a native of New York, had 
been on the stage 44 years, among 
the later productions in which he 



William Rose, former treasurer of 
the Victory theatre. San .lose, is now 
a member of the San Francisco Or- 
pheum's box-office staff. Blake Rice 
of the Oakland Orpheum in also 
connected with the local- box office. 



Joe Meyer, song writer, leaven for 
the Us st soon, where he will write 
songs for musical comedy. Arthur 
Freed will accompany him. 

The Orpheum, 'Prftaco, review In 
Variety Jan. 7 had Kenton and 
Fields mentioned as No. 2 on the 
bill. They were next to closing the 
show Instead. Wire transmission 
probably caused the error. 



Two-year-old Marian, daughter 
of James P. Conlin and Myrtle 
Glass] on the current bill at the 
Oakland Orpheum, was under the 
surgeon's knife last week for a 
growth in her throat. 



Members of the San Francisco 
Bohemian Club attended the Or- 
pheum Jan. 26 evening to hear 
George MacFaulane sing. Mac Far - 
lane is an active member of the 
Bohemians. 

Nina Gilbert has been added to 
the Alcazar's stock. 



Tessle Darling, who replaced one 
of the girls in the Lightner Sisters 
and Newton Alexander act at the 
Orpheum two weeks ago when the 
girl sustained an injury, is now 
filling In for frene Smith, another 
of the girls who is ill. 



Harry Marquard, wealthy cafe 
owner, sentenced to six months for 
violating the prohibition laws, is 
serving at the Ingleside county jail 
as a farmer. He Is caring for a 
little patch of ground. 



William Kelly, 24. a laborer, one 
of the 75 victims of the collapse of 
the temporary wooden walk built 
over the excavation in front of the 
new Loew theatre site, which oc- 
curred last New Year's morning, 
succumbed to his injuries last week. 
He is the first fatality from the 
accident. 



Lawrence Richards, formerly with 
"Havana Bound," has replaced 
Jamea Brennan with Georgs W. 
Stanley. 



ORPHEUM, FRISCO. 

San Francisco, Feb. 2. 

The Orpheum bill this week is ex- 
ceptionally tine and equally bal- 
anced. 

William Seabury and Co., In 
"Frivollca," scored tremendously. 
Honors to little Beth Cannon. Joe 
Uiehman, at the piano, drew strong 
applause for himself. 

Simior Frisco, nexl to closing, 
another hit with his fne xylophone 
Work. Beatrice Morgan ind CO., In 
'*Moor<Hghl ?>ia:ia-'f-W :'t.j"^. well 
received. The aci seems to lu< ^ 
punch, although if. is suggj tive of 
"Midsummer afndnet s." 

Bobby Randall, romedy hit <>f the 
bill, with his nut conif.'dj conver- 
sation about army 1 re, Convoy 
and Howard, bubbling over with 
personality, supplied the bill With 
mu< h fun. 

iv Flrenh n n nd Brot I 

opened well with som • v i 
der woiic, tin- nun's p rfor.mnnec 
stn'ullng out. Tin- I >. Girls 

h lovers, repea t <i pit md 

Cireus hi 'd wi IJ in 1 1 ■ 
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HIP, FRISCO. 

San Francisco. Feb. 2. 

The Tiippodrome continues to 
play to capacity, the current bill. 
better than the usual calibre at this 
house. A change was made in it. 
Dance Originalities, Wander and' 
Srals and the Ethel Levey Trio 
being transferred to the Casino. 

Edwin Redding and Co. present 
nitty country store skit with some 
tine lines. They close to substan- 
tial applause. 

Newport and Stirk bring laTughs 
galore with their nut work and close 
to a great hand for their routine of 
clever drunk falls. 

Pitser and Deyo, a country rube 
and a bretty girl, have good 
comedy material with songs and 
da nets interpolated. They are 
good for laughs throughout. 

"The Bower of Harmony," six 
musicians, receive well merited ap- 
plause Jor their playing on various 
instruments in the closing spot. 

The Sterling Rose Trio, two men 
and a woman, open with spectacular 
trapeze work. The woman does a 
pleasing novelty dance, playing a 
mandolin as she dances. 

"The Lure of Youth" was the film 
offering. 



IN I O V I N (i M K >l O It V 

Of Our Dear Sister 

EVELYN KELLER 

Who departed this life February '<. 

JIM & BETTY MORGAN 



appeared being "Get Rich Quick 
Walllngford" and "Life." 

Rlsdale was horn in Australia, and 
for many years was in musical com- 
edy, lie was with the (lallo Opera 
Co. durins the season of 1919-20. 



WILLIAM AYRE8. 

William Ay res. for more than 20 
years a staice Carpenter for A. L 
Erlanger. died Jan. 28 at Miss Als- 
ton's private hospital in New York, 
following an operation for cancer of 
the stomach. lie was CO years old 
and Is survived by his wife and son 

Ayres for l"i years was carpenter 
for "Ren Hur" productions, and at 
the time of his death was attached 
to the George M. Cohan theatre. 



LOEW'S CASINO. 

San Francisco, Feb. 2. 

Comedy took the lead at the 
Casino with the rising of the curtain 
and continued for two and a half 
hours. Outside of an old Sunshine 
picture, which appeared rather fami- 
liar to the audience, the bill was a 
good one, and although a bit of 
drama would have lifted in nicely to 
offset the comedy, it proved pleas- 
ingly entertaining. 

Jean McCoy and Ralph Walton, 
billed as "A Few Mcments With 
Ouija," succeeded in stopping the 
show, a feat in itself at the Casino, 
with a nifty routine of gaga and 
some low comedy that waa well 
worth the hand. The girl is at- 
tractive and a good soft shoe dancer, 
besides being well fitted for her part 
as a "scrapping wife," With her 
partner she brought continual 
laughter and easily carried away 
the hit of the vaudeville section. 

Alvin and Kenny, two men on the 
trapeze, one straight and the other 
suggesting Joe Jackson, in the open- 
ing spot, had some clever and dar- 
ing stunts when not supplying 
laughs with comedy work, and closed 
to substantial applause. 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hill and 
Company, with William De Mille's 
"Boor Old Jim," a home skit with tha 
drunk's spirit coming back to life, 
registered well, getting some fine 
laughs. Joe Brennan as the "Irish 
Yankee" had many gaga, some new, 
some raw and some old, but th-»y 
brought plenty of laugba, He could 
easily do away with the one about 
sitting on the Kaiser's picture, which 
is old. He closed to a good hand 
that warranted a song. 

Little Alma Astor singing "It's All 
Over Now" scored the week's hit in 
the Will Kin*? show, which came in 
the usual position. Her voice waa 
phasing to the extent of three cur- 
tains. Madia du Frasne also re- 
ceived solid approval for a Chinese 
toe dance that was fine. 

King and Lew Dunbar supplied 
material that called for lauglis a.« 
•':•<' musicians;- althoughv Will 
Hays, as Hamlet, was the hit. This 
is a in w character portrayal for 
Hays. 



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of v. e'l i c i M •••! v i o pt 



Going Ahead on Moss* New Grsnt. 

11. S. "Moss will renew construe - 
Hon work on the Grant theatre Feb. 
l.*». The Grant Is to be located cor- 
ner of Tremont and Webster ave- 
nrie, the foundatl. .« having been 
laid for several months. 

The hou e is to seat 3,000 and 
will play p<»p vaudeville poi. 
>« h doled to open ahout Ja.n. I, 



LIZZIE GOODE. 
Lizzie Goode, mother of TCda 
Bolhner and an actress well known 
on the legitimate and vaudeville 
stages, died .Ian. 27 in the Lenox 
Hill Hospital. New York, and was 
buried Feb. 1, under the auspices 
of the Actors' Fund. Her Inst op- 
pearance was in "The Bat." She 
was the divorced wife of George 
Bothner. a piano manufacturer, who 
is a cousin of the npfed wrestler. 



C. J. COLEMAN 

C. J. Coleman, manager of Loew's 
Victory, Bronx. Newark, died Sun- 
day night while seated at his desk 
in the office. The cause was high 
blood pressure. 

'Mr. Coleman had been manager at 
the Victory for about two years, 
having been with it before the house 
was taken over by Loew. He leaves 
a wife and four children. 



MRS. ANGELINA A. ANDERSON 
Mrs. Angelina A. Anderson age 66. 
widow of John Henry Anderson. Jr.. 
died Jan. I at Philadelphia. Her 

late husband was the son of the 

IN MEMORY OK 

EVELYN KELLER 

Who DIS4 February 2d. 1920. 

MAT HEK SOUr, REST IN PEACE 

MB. Sad MRS. HOBIIY O'NKII.I. 

Wizard of the North. Mr. Anderson. 
Jr., performed old time illusions, 
featuring the suspension (levita- 
tlon) and his wife was a capable 
assistant. 



Roy B. McNichols, the flvo-year- 
old son of Roy and Mildred linker 
McNichols, died Jan. 31 at the Mer- 
chants' Hotel, Johnstown, l'a., after 
an illness of three days. 

Mrs. McNichols is professionally 



IN Ml MOKY OF 

MY DEAR WIFE 

MRS. FRANK HUNTER 

(FLORENCE DAVENPORT) 

WHO DIBJD FEIHUTART M, lilt 
FRANK HUNTER 



Mildred Barker (Smith and Barker) 
and Waa appearing in the turn at the 
Majestic, Johnstown, at the time of 
her son's death. 



The father of Mike Levy, agent, 
died In Memphis, Tenn., Jan. L'H. 
Th" decease^, was O'i yuars oi<L 

Frank Riley, blackface comedian 
and former member of Rfley and 
Hughes, died at his home in St. 
Louis, Jan. IX. The team had tra- 
velled with the principal minstrel 



organizations and had played all 
the vaudeville circuits. 



Hallye M. Whstley, described as 

an American actreaiSi died in Paris 

Dec. 25. 



Julia Tobin, mother of Rstelle 
Tobln Southe (Southe and Tobin) 
'and James Tobla; formerly with the 
Novelty Minstrels, died at her home 
in Brooklyn Jan. '27 of pneumonia. 



SPORTS 

(Continued from page 1.) 

Willard secretary, and offer him 
location in Fort Edward. 



The dismissal of the indictment 
by Judge Mclntyre in Genera) Ses- 
sions Court last week against Louis 
Kronber. indicted for alleged 
"marked" card reading In stud 
poker, fnded what has created much 
talk in theatricals and among card 
players. The court said that as it 
had not been proven Kronberg in- 
. reduced the marked deck into the 
games he could not be held. 

The stud poker game in which Joe 
Sehenok and several picture people, 
also Irving Berlin fwho was ie- 
ported to have won $150,000 in it) 
ployed, had a table stake limit, with 
a stack of checks costing $1,000. The 
game first started around the Times 
square hotels, then went into the 
apartment homes of the players 
The accusation against Kronberg 
was made in the Sehenok home af- 
ter, it is said, thoy had framed for 
him. Norma Talmadge (Mrs. 
Schenek) was reported to have dis- 
covered some one was cheatlner in 
the game and informed her husband 
In nn interview Inst werk Miss Tl- 
madge verified that. 

Kronberg has been known as 
"Last Card Louie," with "last card" 
meaning In the gambling parlance 
a case reader — one who con and 
docs keep track of all cards played, 
with ability to read the last cards 
his opponent may hold In his hand 
Case rending may be done In whist, 
casino, pinochle, rjium and other 
pomes where all cards are gone 
through before the gnme'Ms finished. 

Kronberg is said to have won 
$20,000 in one summer at pinochle 
at Far Rockaway. "L. L, which in 
the summer boasts of some of the 
best pinochle players In the country, 
many ■>( them unconscious "ease 
readers." "Case reading" at cnrla 
is not cheating, ft requires concen- 
tration ely and practice. An ex- 
tremely good general card player 
must be able to know the Ia*t cards 
out npainst him. Using "marked 
cards" in a friendly game of poker 
is recognised as the most despicab'e 
form of cheating that exists In 
gambling. 

Fdward A. Mahar, formerly sport- 
ing editor of the Argus, Albany. N. 
Y., which was bought by the Knic- 
kerbocker Press, has succeeded Dan 
Carroll as sporting editor of the 
Times-Union, the latter returning to 
his old place as head of the tele- 
graph desk of former Governor 
(Ilynns paper. 

Directors of the Pacific Coast 
League last week adopted a 20- 
wcek season schedule to open April 
5. Last year the season lasted 28 
weeks. 



Bob Martin, heavwelght champion 
of the A. B. F., knocked out Martin 
Furke Monday night at New Or- 
leans in five rounds. Rlngsldera 
thought so well of Martin on the 
showing they Immediately pro- 
claimed him a contender against 
Dempsey. 



After the hill providing a penalty 
for bribery or attempted bribery of 
a baseball player was read m tin- 
Senate last Monday night, atv»ih-r 
bill came up amending the law In 
relation "to the skilling of skunlt*." 
Why ;>ot comlone (he tWO bill "" 

inquired Senator James J '.'• 

innocently, and everybody roared. 
Then a bill was read concerning 
"ferrets" and the youthful "Senator 
from New York remarked, All ,>n 

added starter." 



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FEMME DE BARBE BLEUE. 

Paris, Jan. 19. 

Comedy in four acts by Alfred 
Savolr, produced at the Potinlere 
with success. Urown is an Ameri- 
can, who successively marries the 
girls ha falls in love with, repu- 
diating them when he grows cold. 
But he is rich and generous, assur- 
ing hio divorced wiv^o of hand- 
some alimony, lie has just been di- 
vorced from his seventh matrimon- 
ial trial when ho meets the daugh- 
ter of a ruined marquis. The smart 
creature has heard of Brown's ec- 
centricity and spreads her nets, into 
which the prospective suitor quick- 
ly falls. 

She however, stipulates that In 
the event of a separation, the ali- 
mony shall be doubled, to which 
Brown finally consents. Ho is 
madly in love this time, but Monna, 
after the marriage, which remains a 
blank, invents excuses to persuade 
Brown to sue for the divorce. She 
arranges a rendezvous with a flirt 
of which the husband is anony- 
mously informed. Later, when 
Brown is divorced and Monna as- 
sured of her alimony, the ex-wife 
takes pity on the fellow she has 
duped, proves she is pure and re- 
ciprocates the affection of her 
* former husband, so that they re- 
marry. 

This brief outline of the comedy 
will convey only a faint idea of 
"The 8th Wife of Blue Beard," ad- 
mirably acted by Charlotte L.yses 
(first wife of Sacha Guitry), a new 
actor Jules Berry and Arquilliere as 
the American millionaire. A trifle 
broad, the comedy Is full of wit, 
with diverting scenes. 

Keyidrew. 













CIG ALE A YANT AIME. 

A four-act sentimental comedy by 
iAicien Nepoty, was produced at the 
Theatre Antoine to follow "Koenigs- 
mark." Jean, posing as a dry goods 
store assistant, meets Quette daily 
In the park. She is a merry little 
seamstress, daughter of a deceased 
Bohemian artist. Jean is madly in 
love and wants to marry the girl, to 
the disgust of his father, who 
tempts the girl with a pearl neck- 
lace, to test her morality, but alio 
throws it to the birds. 

On his son's refusal to desist the 
father reluctantly consents to the 
marriage. Quette is surprised at 
the rich presents Jean is able to 
offer, and timid when she finds her- 
self in her new rich home, in the 
midst of her husband's critical fam- 
ily. The time hangs wearily in the 
unaccustomed luxury. When a 
poor inventor calls to submit plans 
(Jean being the son of a large man- 
ufacturer and now manager of the 
mill), she recognizes a former friend 
of her parents. 

When the father and son scheme 
to foist the Inventor she intercedes. 
After the death of the father Jean 
as head of the factory, discovers his 
brothers are running it to ruin by 
their extravagance. The youthful 
passion of Quette and Jean has 
been growing cool for some time 
and after witnessing a violent fam- 
ily squabble, the disillusioned wife 
quits the uncomfortable home with 
the old inventor, to return to her 
mother in the old artist's studio, 
where she was raised. 

Then she again feels happy, Jean 
follows to fetch his young wife, but 
finding her in a Joyful mood, pre- 
paring the humble meal, he bids 
farewell for ever. This last is a 
reproduction of what a Bohemian 
painter's den is supposed to be. 
with comic designs on the walls, and 
an electric signal to reveal the ap- 
proach of visitors. I must confess 
the Jovial atmosphere of the studio 
is more congenial to the stately 
palace of the wealthy manufacturer, 
as depicted in this yarn of a grass- 
hopper that loved, which is the basis 
of the title, "La Cigale ayant aime." 
It will entertain the average play- 
goer, though a long run is not an- 
ticipated, 

Kcndrcw. 



"IN THE NIGHT WATCH" 

(Continued from page 16.) 

a vital spot, following the wounding 
of the captain and many of the offi- 
cers and crew from -gun fire, and 
finally sending it to the bottom. The 
actual sinking is not shown, but the 
events leading up to it are with a 
vividness and fidelity that would 
make a picture producer extend 
himself to equal It in realism. 

The applause after this scene was 
strong enough to have warranted 
numerous curtain calls Saturday 
night, but for some reason none was 
taken. 

The third act has the captain (Mr. 
Warwick) on trial before a court of 
admirals, charged with the loss of 
his ship. Conviction will mean 
death. Just as the trial is about to 
end, with the weight of evidence 
against the accused, the wife rushes 
into th ) room in which the court- 
martial is being held and testifies a 
port hole was open. In doing this, 
of course, she is forced to admit she 
was in the cabin with her admirer 
at the time. The captain, exonerated 
by his wife's sacrificial testimony, 
attempts to commit suicide, but fails 
through his counsel brushing aside 
his revolver. A tearful plea by the 
wife. In which she convinces the 
court and her husband she has been 
guilty of nothing worse than a flir- 
tation, results in forgiveness and 
reconciliation. 

The court scene keeps the action 
alive following the big ship scene 
and holds interest until the tag line 

"In the Night Watch" is a war 
play. Whether it has arrived too 
late regardless of its scenic values 
and multiple starred cast remains to 
be seen. Bell. 



THE NEW MORALITY 

Colonel Ivor Jones Warburton Gamble J 

Betty Jonea Grace George I 

Geoffrey Helasia. K. C Krneet Lawforfl 

Alice Meynell Lilian Kemble Cooper 

E. Wallace Wiiter. ...Lawrence Groramith 

Wooton John Oray 

! »«ej«l!ne Kathleen Andrua 



William A. Brady brought Grace 
Ocorge back to Broadway Sunday 
night at the Playhouse. It was one 
of the plays invited to show that 
evening in benefit of the China 
Famine Fund, the first time for 
New York to permit legitimate at- 
tractions, of which there were a 
dozen, to open on the Sabbath. 
"The New Morality" is the off-af- 
ternoon matinee attraction at the 
Playhouse, which is regularly offer- 
ing Mary Nash in "Thy Name Is 
Woman." But the manager saw a 
good opportunity to give Miss 
George's piece an evening premiere 
on the occasion of the benefit. 

Mr. Brady probably knew that the 
play hardly possessed the heft for 
regular presentation. It will per- 
haps do a profitable afternoon trade, 
for its appeal is quite feminine. 
"The New Morality" sounded in the 
playing more as if written by a 
woman than a man. Its author, 
however, was Harold Chapin, a 
promising young playwright who 
was killed in action during the war. 

The piece ia very English. Two 
rather nice sets depict the Colonel 
Ivor Jom s's houseboat, the first 
showing the bedroom of Betty Jones 
and the second the top deck. The 
houseboat is moored in a rather se- 
lect reach of the Thames, where 
other boats of an upper middle class 
colony are assembled. 

Betty is in bed for the first act. 
She had just come from a visit to 
the boat of Mrs. Muriel Wister and 
told that lady what she thought of 
her. Since Betty's tones had been 
her loudest it was quite patent per- 
sons on the shore had heard and the 
whole river was in on it. The whys 
of Betty's remarks furnish the meat 



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BOURGMESTRE DE STILMONDE. 

Paris, Jan. 19. 

This work of Maurice Maeter- 
linck, already known in Knglish 
through Martin Harvey, has been 
given for the first time in Paris at 
the Theatre Moncey, having been 
forbidden hitherto by the French 
eensor. The story may be repeated 
briefly: The Mayor of Stilmonde, a 
erosll town In F?aq0gga,~!s timltf 
man. devoted to his garden and his 
municipal duties. He has a sun. and 
a daughter married to Otto, a (Jcr- 
man officer, who during the war, is 
billeted with ethers at the mayor's 
home. One night a Prussian officer 
is killed, presumably by a civilian 
and a poor peasant is arrested, lie 
is to bo executed, notwithstanding 
his Innocence is clear. 

But some culprit must be found. 
nthe.rwis£ the bourgemaster wUl be 
shot as> an example. The mayor de- 
clines to permit an innocent man to 
be accused, 'hough his son • In-law 
and companions try to persuade him 
"it d<>«'s not matter much; it is only 
an unimportant old peasant." Even 
the peasant himself is willing, lo 
pay tin- sacrifice lo SttVC the I'il'ugc 

further troulle. But the mayor It 

Obstinate >n his s» use of honor Mid 

is led to the execution groun , Otto 
bin ton-in-lfl ft, a rat In ; ■ •! t « f 
ehsp, [g In . hargi ot the drill fa t?\ 
and he Is liahh t.. ih« «e. . h j-.i- 



alty if he does not carry out the 
orders of his superiors. "L.et us all 
three die together," asks Bella, the 
daughter. Otto has consented to be 
shot rather than give the command 
for his father-in-law's death. 

Bella is imprisoned during the pro- 
ceedings but she hears the noise of 
rifles. The major enters with Otto 
and explains the bourgmestre of 
Stilmonde had preferred death to 
save the others, and in order to 
spare Otto, her husband, he himself 
had commanded -the firing as an 
honor for the mayor's "bravery." 
Otto is then astonished that his 
wife and the mayor's son should 
spurn him with horror. This 3-aet 
melodrama, described as a modern 
tragedy, was well received and the 
name of Maeterlinck, when an- 
nounced from the stage as is usual 
at Parisian premieres, loudly 
cheered, if was followed by a i?-acf 
farce of the great Belgian pla> - 
wright: 

"Le Miracle d« St. Antoine." 
A paid servant is mourning the 
death of an old maid, her mistress, 
and prays for the assistance of Bt. 
Anthony, her preferred saint. To 
her amazement he appears and 
promises to resuscitate Mis* Agathe. 
At lirst he is opposed by the curate 
and relatives, but at the suggestion 
of the doctor he is allowed to visit 
the body, whereupon the dear old 
lady revives, scolding the servant 
for allowing vagabonds in the room 

The snlnl i* arrested as an es- 
caped lunatic, and only the faithful 
rervant-girl continues to have faith 
In him. to the limit of even loaning 
him an umbrella. Her hopes are 
-battered by Miss Agathe finally 
succumbing. The comedy elicited 
curtain lauahtec without adding «nv 
brilliancy to the fane cf Maurice 
j Mat tcrlinck, 

JTcneVeie. 



for a two-hour show and the plot 
therefore Is weak. 

The first act gave promise of 
something, Betty having some crisp 
things to say In extenuation of what 
she told Muriel. She admits to her 
friend Alice that one cannot go on 
calling a woman "dog show names 
right on the deck of her own house- 
boat without something happening." 
Sh« also says she has been "giving 
her husband hell for a week." But 
the explanation of why Ivor caught 
hell Is a long time coming. * 

The second act, when Miss George 
is off the stage for some time, be- 
came very uraggy, with two men 
discussing not what Betty said to 
Muriel but alWhe little angles that 
brought It about — the hottest sum- 
mer on record for one. Betty in dis- 
cussing the matter with Muriel's 
husband speaks of going to a cell 
for libel if Muriel wishes to bring 
an action, but Betty Jones looks 
like the station house as the dis- 
tance from earth to moon. 

It all comes out a long time af- 
ter the first curtain that Ivor has 
been paying attention to Muriel, and 
since every one seemed to know it, 
Ivor made himself ridiculous in the 
eyes of his wife. Such an indict- 
ment as running errands for Muriel 
was a specific case. The husband 
explains his affection for Muriel is 
purely platonic, and Betty wittily 
replies she had seen those platonic 
affairs, with the man looking like 
a fool and the woman going about 
"looking as though she got some- 
thing for nothing." 

So Betty tells Ivor that though a 
husband may not be faithful he 
must not be ridiculous to his wife. 
That is the new morality. But at 
the curtain Betty admits she wants 
more of her mate, and he appears 
very willing to agree. 

Miss George is a charming Betty. 
She looked corking in a lace nightie 
in the first act, chic in a London 
frock she probably ^picked up while 
over there a few months ago. and 
extremWy well in an evening gown. 
Taking the position of rather going 
to jail than apologize to Muriel, at 
lease not until she made her rather 
stolid husband see things his way. 
she created a role excellently fitting 
to her personality. 

Lawrence Grossmith took along 
the honors of the supporting cast, 
most of the principals being English 
players. As the husband of the in- 
sulted Muriel he talked of phoning 
his solicitors and all that. But he 
punted up and down the river a bit 
instead of returning to Muriel to 
say that Betty wouldn't apologize, 
and he came back loaded with other 
people's Scotch. His speech at the 
dinner table — and It was served and 
partaken of like a real dinner — he 
surveyed the new morality and sat 
down to the biggest hand of the eve- 
ning. Many theatrical people in 
current plays were present, It being 
the one night premiere they could 
see. N 

Warburton Gamble played Ivor 
with faithfulness. But not until the 
last act. in evening clothes, did he 
look right. He sported a pair of 
flannels that threatened to gap away 
from his vest. The men wore vests, 
though there was plain mention of 
the terrific heat. Ernest Lawford 
was pleasing, but his role was not 
a meaty one. Lillian Kemble Cooper 
was a refreshing. Alice. John Gray 
as the butler was good, and Kath- 
leen Andrus a very pretty maid. 

If the final two acts were as 
bright as the first "The New Mor- 
ality" might have a real chance. 
But it looks built for matinees only. 

Ibee. 



velopment of characters. In the 
second act there are a few threats, 
the third is very good — or seems so 
because something actually happens 
— the killing and the wrongfully ac- 
cused hero— while the fourth offers 
the surprise "Tavern* denouement. 
It is all so inconsequential. The mo- 
tive isn't strong enough for so great 
a hullabaloo. 

Barring the casting of Clara Joel 
for the role of a "dead game" east- 
ern wife, always ready to "go 
through" for her husband, there Is 
a very competent cast. A fine com- 
edy character hit is registered by 
Charles Abbe as the Klondike pal 
of the- hero; a strong emotional bit 
by Zola Takma as a young Mexican 
girl; an excellent temperamental 
characterization of a love- sick Mex- 
ican by Luis Alberni, and so on. 
The author-star is his usual swag- 
gering self, alternately good and 
bad as an actor according to the 
exigencies of the role. But Miss 
Joel doesn't fit. She seemed on 
Monday evening wholly devoid of 
the ability to portray light and 
shade, reading her lines with a sort 
of sing-song intoning that was most 
irritating. 

"Near Santa Barbara" is not 
likely to be chalked up in the "hit" 
column. Jolo. 



She paints and powders and wears 
"flapper" frocks with short skirts. 
Meanwhile, the next generation has 
grown up, and all unconsciously she 
falls in love with a blackguard who 
preys upon her for the money he 
can bleed her of. He Is unconscious 
also of the tragic absurdity of the 
situation, and being a blackguard, 
cast off by his own mother, agrees 
to marry her In order to get her 
money. Behind these surface de* 
velopments the author has man- 
aged to indicate by inferences and 
Indirection the awful workings of 
the woman's primal instincts and 
the rending of a starved, blind con- 
science. 

The thing Is too Indecent to bear 
further description. O'Neill must 
have thought so himself, for he has 
Caleb, when he learns of the situa- 
tion, commit suicide by hanging 
himself in his barn. The suicide 
awakens Emma to her real state. 
She has herself been unfaithful; she 
herself is of the common clay, and 
the heaven sent curtain descends 
upon her final line, "Now I'm going 
to my own barn." The inference 
was that she also meant to hang 
herself. Considering all things, per- 
haps it was a "happy ending" at 
that. Hush. 



DIFF'RENT 

Captain <".uVb Williams Jamen T.'ght 

Raima Crosby Mary Hinir 

Jack <'iv>Mhy, }!<•;• brother. . Kugene Lincoln 
C&pluiu John Crosby, her father 

4 Alan Mac Ate»*r 

Mrs. t'ronby. her mother. . .Alice Rnsti*ttcr 
Harriet Williams. Caleb's sister (lut«T 

Mrs. Kogers) Elizabeth Prown 

A If ivd Rogers Idcn Thompson 

Rrnnj R"g«rs. their son Charles Kills 



NEAR SANTA BARBARA 

Sheriff "Tod" Wilson Howard Trufsd^l 

Phil Yoagor Joseph P. Sweeney 

Mike McKenzle Charles Abbe 

Nock a T. Tomamato 

Ylarlo Luis Alberni 

Yaobel Miss Zola Talma 

Hud Jenks Royal Stout 

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Tralnor 

Wiliard Mack and Clara Joel 

Rather a picturesque figure in 
theatricals, this Wiliard Mack per- 
son. He must be a wonderful play- 
reader, if not altogether a genius 
play writer. Take for example his 
latest production, "Near Santa Bar- 
bara," presented Monday evening at 
the Greenwich Village Theatre. This 
piece was produced before under 
the title of "Poker Ranch" and even 
before that, on other occasions, un- 
der various names. The fact that 
it failed on previous occasions 
doesn't seem to daunt Mack, who 
goes right on reading his manu- 
script to managers as rapidly as 
they manifest themselves and read- 
ily securing a rehearing. That 
"takes a bit of doing." 

The present version of his play, 
under the title of "Near Santa Bar- 
bara." is rather a crude attempt to 
create a mystery melodrama. It re- 
volves about the person of dress- 
suited villain who is so black that 
every other personage in the piece 
has a grievance against him and 
would be .more or less justified in 
bumping him off. In the fourth act 
this devoutly wished-for and long- 
anticipated consummation comes to 
pass and by a clvain of circum- 
stances it looks pretty dark for him. 
although the audience knows In 
didn't do it as. with their own eyes. 
Ihey saw him on the stage and the 
shooting took place outside. Tin 
Mexicun girl he ruined, the Mexi- 
can from whom he took her, and all 
the others, come under the suspi- 
cion of lira audience. And. like ih" 
denout ment in "The Tavern," it 
turns out that it is the sheriff him- 
self who did the billing, but in (his 
Instance it was se]f-d< fense. 

'/'here ate four acts, the first of 
Which io given ovrr to not bin;; but 
conversational Introduction and tl< 



"Diff'rent." a new two-act play, 
written by Eugene O. O'Neill, and 
presented at the Selwyn Monday 
afternoon for one performance with 
the Provincetown Players, is a bril- 
liantly written and acted bit of un- 
speakable, stark realism that should 
never have been written at a»l in 
the first place, but. having been 
written, should immediately have 
been burned. 

It is nothing short of the shud- 
dering revcalment of the inner 
workings of an old maid's mind in 
an unutterably tragic yearning 
after normal womanhood. O'Neill 
wrote that other brilliant bit of 
wretchedness, "On the Horizon." 
As a playwright he is in over his 
head in unwholesome understand- 
ing of the sickly side of humanity. 
The man knows too much, and un- 
til he has learned some restraint in 
tho expression of his unwholesome 
knowledge he should be forcibly 
restrained from access to pen, paper 
or typewriter. 

As we understand it, the theatre 
is a place for mental and spiritual 
relaxation and refreshment. Normal 
people take it and use It so. Under 
what impulse does Mr. O'Neill, 
aided and abetted by Adolph 
Klauber, labor to use it as a cham- 
ber of horrors? 

A comforting thought comes. A 
kindly Providence made it impos- 
sible for the greater part of the 
Monday afternoon audience to un- 
derstand the subtle obscenities of 
the play. At Its moments of pro- 
foundest agonies there 'were giggles 
and titters from all over the house, 
probably from members of those 
"little groups of serious thinkers" 
who infest these uplift (God save 
the mark) afternoon occasions. 
"Diff'rent" is profound and un- 
utterably true, no doubt. So are a 
lot of other things, but a society 
that cares to protect Itself from 
intellectual delirium tremens strug- 
gles night and day to keep them out 
of sight. This man O'Neill is 
self-consciously eager to talk about 
dark things of life. 

The Provincetown Players, who 
gave the Monday performance, 
played brilliantly. Mary Blair, the 
heroine, gave a performance that 
was flawless. Her handling of the 
long scene at the end of- the first 
act was a bit of sustained acting 
that Mrs. Fiske herself could not 
surpass in her highest moment of 
inspiration. In the second act her 
art made the thing so poignantly, 
exquisitely painful that it held the 
attention of many who would have 
given much to be elsewhere. 

James Light, the seafaring lover, 
gave an intelligent, well-balanced 
performance. All the other charac- 
ters were adequately played, but 
they fell into the shadowy back- 
ground of the play while the pitiless 
spotlight played With ghoulish per- 
sistence upon the writhing old maid. 

One attempts lo sl< ten the story 
with hesitation. ft deals wiiti 
ESmma Crosby (.Miss Blair) and her 
childhood playmate and later her 
lover and betroth' d. She sees him 
in her virgin maid as "diff'rent," 
something abstractly spiritual, and 
looks forward to being married to 
her old playmate, with whom she 
shall continue the old companion- 
ship unchanged after the wedding.. 

He shall not be the gross male 
beast sh" se«'- about her in the sea- 
port. She Is blind to the fact thai 
Caleb Is .lust an ordinary man. 
(>bb returns, d a circumstantial] 
story comes to In r ears of a certain] 
escapade with brown native women. 
!<» which he was an Unwilling paiiv 



g P 
w I « u the ship put in for water a; 

a tropical Isl ml. 

Mer maiden idol shattered, she 

breaks off the * ngageraent, and for 

thirty years at intervals of his rc- 

[ turn from voyages refuses Caleb's 

tidings. By (Hat fmio her hair 

begins to gray, so she hennas it. 



EYV1ND OF THE HILLS 

Italia Margaret Wyoh^rlv 

Karl Arthur llohl 

HJorn Hyron Beeatojr 

Artiea Kdw. U. Bobbin* 

(judflnna Beatrice Mnrelaml 

MiiKtiUH Roy I.al'.vif 

Odd u y Gwendolen Piers 

slprid Murcruoritn T>b»»au 

sh^ph*rd Boy Raymond Guion 

AngTlm, a leper , .I.loyd N.al 

District Judge churl. 5 p. Han « 

Jon KtTward BegeP* 

Jon's Wife Hclene RummH 

Tota. Hallu's child Klfln Fain 

"Eyvind of the Hills, in which 
Conroy & Meltzer presented Mar- 
garet Wyeherly at . special matinee 
Tuesday at the (Greenwich Village, 
is Ihsenesque in its depressing and 
henvy-toned drama, it is in f< t r 
acts, the work of Johann Sigu.-jons- 
son, an Icelam ie patriot and man of 
Utters, and points the stern and un- 
equivocal moral that the wages of 
sin is death. 

Halla is the eomly Widow of a 
wealthy farmer, and is sought in 
marriage by the latter's brother 
Bjorn as a means of acquiring her 
property. She loven Kari. her over- 
seer, who is revealed as an escaped 
thief and outlaw named Kyvind. 
She flees with him to the hills as 
he is about to be arrested, abandon- 
ing her property and her good 
name. 

They are In the mountains seven 
years later with their little daughter 
Tota. Arncs, a vagabond who has 
shared their exile, reveals his love 
for Halla and urges her to flee with 
him. He also unbares th~ fact Ha' hi 
has a latent homicidal .streak in her. 
she having killed the first born of 
her illicit union with Kari. 
• A posse, led by Bjern as bailiff, 
comes to their retreat and Kari 
stabs him to death after Halla. to 
avoid her child's capture, has 
thrown it to death in a stream far 
below. 

In the last act, nine years later, 
the unhappy pair are stormbound in 
their hut and starving. They snarl 
at each other like mad i.nimals, and 
finally, while Kari is out seeking 
firewood, Halla goes out into the 
storm, supposedly t/> death, and Kari 
follows as the final curtain drops. 

It is impossible to conceive of the 
play as becoming popular, despite 
the splendid portrayal of Halla b*' 
Miss Wyeherly and some very good 
work by her support. The suspense 
is built up well and each act adds to 
the interest, revealing some new 
angle of the story. But the under- 
lying theme, much stronger than the 
story itself, is only a skillfullv 
masked version of the more familiar 
problem play. 

Conroy & Metzler have given the 
piece artistically attractive settings, 
which probably would show to bet- 
ter advantage on a larger sta*re. At. 
the initial performance the star and 
other members of the cast lapsed In 
their lines at times. 

Mr. Hohl as Kari was generally 
good, but there were moments when 
ho weakened, and .also, he Is a long- 
legged fellow and seemed cramped 
on the little Village theatre stage. 

Byron Beasley, Edward Robinson 
and Lloyd Neal gave sterling per- 
formances, and the lad in the shep- 
herd's role was effective in a crude 
sort of way. The child, Elfin Finn, 
enacted her brief but potent role 
convincingly and the women morn • 

hers of the east were- ..il acoepKabh . 
Edward Begley and Neal contrib- 
uted welcome comedy relief. 

The performance gave numerous 
e\ idences of haste and could !><• 
made more effective if a wrestling 

scene between Kari ami I'.jotn, both 
big men. were staged in front . the 
audience, instead of being Ind.caied 

by shouts off stage. There is so 

much of gomherness, the wre ll 

might Serve as r novelty. 

Lillian Hcltr.er, widow of OU.o 
Ruin '• trfcer, eollapsed on a train «: 

St. LoiliS and bad to be removed IO 
a Intel, where she is under .1 
physician's care. Her husband tiled 
suddenly in Washington, 1>. C, awl 
she Qccompaj.'ed his body t.> <»uin- 
honiH <'i"y. Mrs. Ralnsbf-rger suf- 
fered from shock and grief and 
broke do>wn on her way fcs Is :, » 
N*rw York. 



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FRILLS AND FASHIONS 

Br ALICE MAC 



Thing* seemed pretty quiet at the Palace Monday after the ovation 
cire* MJae Levey last week, but still there was quite some stir with 
the appearance of Dorothy Jardon and Van Hoven whose reception 
almost equaled that of Miss Jardon's. 

The bill got an artistic send off with the "Bird Cabaret," which had 
cockatoos doing all manner of tricks, such as head-over-heels and back 
gommersaults. done by a bird, it is claimed, 140 years old. The Marmein 
gisters with their graceful dancing were charming in their bird dance, 
In sweet pale blue net dresses, with a deeper shade of velvet worked with 
brilliants forming the wings. David Schooler, in the same act, was a 
^relation with his piano playing, such a relief from the usual. 

Trii-ie Friganxa. moved from next to closing to fourth, was amusing 
M ever. Miss Friganam might be getting plumper but she is just as 
pretty as ever, especially in her cloak of tailless ermine, with its cape 
collar that had little tails on the edge, and black velvet forming a 
pattern. 

Betty Brooks, playing In Sarah Tadden's sketch, deserves praise, 
although her role is somewhat thankless. Miss Padden goes well but 
her voice becomes a trifle monotonus after awhile. It doesn't seem to 
hold light or shade. Miss Brooks is wearing a new frock of pearl grey 
taffeta, very short, draped at the side, with a huge bow at the back. 
The soft turned-up hat of green was becoming to her dark locks. 

Miss Juliet, with her impersonations, has the Mann and Bernard bits 
as her best. While imitating Francis White, she remarks about being 
in the show "Jlmmle," and gave brother a boost by saying Harry Detf 
w a» with that show too. Very amusing was her talk about the Girl 
from Calahans during a visit to a show, remarking she could have gone 
on the stage once for the Elks, l>ut they decided to give a clam-bake 
instead! Miss Juliet wore a pretty frock of silver cloth that was veiled 
with pink chiffon heavily endowed with the same shade of sequins; 
trailing down the skirt were roses, while standing out from one side 
were feathers, which would have been better missing. 

Then came Miss Jardon, and striking she looked in her draped gown 
of orange velvet, with the large black satin hat that had p.vradise sweep- 
ing out each side, while the directoire stick of jet added to the stateli- 
ness of the gown. 

Miss Jardon's opening song wiw "Love's Opera," bringing in "Carmen," 
"Butterfly" and "La Boheme." Her voice did not seem at its best, her 
high notes a trifle harsh, no doubt due to nervousness, which she ad- 
sjltted to during "Eli Eli." Which she said she would sing In Yiddish, 
although she was an Irish Catholic. Towards the finish Miss Jardon 
■topped and asked to be forgiven but she couldn't continue as she was 
suffering from nervous prostration. Miss Jardon's best was a little 
song she wrote herself. "The World Can't Go Round Without iou." 
After Van Hoven's furmy act, Miss Jardon again appeared, apologizing 
for not finishing her act, that she had been unable to eat anything pre- 
vious to her opening, and hoped they would forgive her.' 

v 

*> It seemed just like a Sunday concert at the Colonial this week, with all 
the acts being announced by James J. Morton, who is as- seriously funny 
gs ever, still twisting the famous hairpin. 

"Bubbleland" was contributed by Ollie Young and April, attired in 
costumes of white satin sort of pierrot style. Their turn consisted of 
blowing all kinds of different soap bubbles. It was pretty, but is just an 
idea, and why does the lady sing? 

"The Creole Fashion Plate" was the hit, with his female impersonation. 
His gowns are the same as when at the Palace. For an encore Lew Pollock, 
lately with Chas. King, accompanied Mr. Norman for "Mammy's Kisses," 
which Mr. Pollock wrote. 

Buzzel and Parker were as pleasing as ever with their little skit, "A 
Will and a Way." Miss Parker looked just as sweet as when last seen 
In '.er widow attire and more daring green velvet wrap. * 

Davis and Darnell, in "Birdseed," with Mr. Davis as the humorous sales- 
man, and Miss BarncH's gown the same green chiffon with its sequin 
trimming. 

Sammy Lee is surrounded by four dainty maidens, known as "His Lady 
Friends," with the act titled, "Handle with Care." The opening sox.g 
shows why it is so-called. The girls are concealed in large wardrobe 
trunks. When opened they reveal different rooms. Mr. Lee then appears 
as a "Gob," making love to a girl in every port. Russia, in red and 
purple velvet, had draperies of gold lace. Honolulu was a dusky Hawaiian 
maiden in native costume. Then came Sk>aln, and last, U. S. A*, looking 
trej chic In her frock of black velvet that had grey pleated chiffon show- 
ing through narrow slits in the skirt. A turban hat was of sliver with 
black paradise. 

Thehnost popular tune of the evening, played three times, was "Alice 
Blue Gown.- 



3E33 



CABARET. 

A weekly publication regarded a- 
a barometer of American public 
opinion. In an article on "Why Pro- 
hibition Is Not Enforced." states 
that rum -selling is listed as the 
sixth biggest industry fta the 
United States. 



The Istest in New York restau- 
rant, is to be called "The Ship." 
shortly opening on Sixth avenue, in 
the 10's. Ths place win havs a 
layout similar to a ship's, with up- 
per and lower decks, cabins with 
portholes, while guests on enter- 
ing ths place, will walk over a 
gangplank. 



Liquor prices havs not advanced, 
notwithstanding the enforcement 
agitation of the past week. Scotch. 
wines and rye hold to their quota- 
tions of the past three months. They 
are $100 a case for Scotch, almost 
for any standard brand, from $55 
upwards for rye. and from $110- 
$140 downward for best cham- 
pagnes. Along with other Importa- 
tions of liquor juat now, cordials, 
absent for a long time, are com- 
mencing to appear. Some Benedic- 
tine last week brought $80 a case, 
with a guarantee of genuineness. 



Ths drug patrons seem to be 
fronting a dull season. That ter- 
rible habit Is mads . more terrible 
through the high prices banned 
drugs have advanced to. Opium is 
now $900 an ounce Not so many 
years ago It was as cheap as patent 
medicine. The prjee and the im- 
possibility of procuring it. have 
driven the smokers to "sniffing." 



Sunday night dancing in Albany, 
N. Y., hotels and restaurants has 
come under the ban of the police. 
The New Kenmore cabaret, Hamp- 
ton and Ten Eyck hotels. Canton, 
Bell La Napoll and New Savol res- 
taurants are affected by the police 
order. 



There Is a saying that if you can't speak well of anybody, then don't 
taik about them at alL That Is what one feels like about the bill at the 
i merican ths first half, with may be the exception of Babe La Tour, 
who scored perhaps the hit of the bill with ths "Florodora" song sung by 
Fannie Brice. Miss La Tour dresses it more grotesque than Mils Brlce 
did, the former appearing with a dirty face and red nose. The latter 
didn't seem necessary, still, anything to get a laugh. A black jet frock 
worn for Miss La Tours opening was quite becoming, with the panel 
effect at the back, and Jade green sash. 

"Petsgy Arrives," a somewhat amusing sketch, tells of an old Irish aunt 
who comes to America for the first time to visit her nephew. The woman 
wore a smart evening gown of black net that veiled silver cloth, and 
When she wasn't playing the piano waved a green feather fan. 

Hank Brown doesn't seem to have much control over his tongue, but 
It made them laugh. Ada Gunther, who helps ths act along with an 
occasional song, wore black sequins that formed the long-waisted top, 
while the skirt was rather full of net sprinkled with Jet beads. 

Brown's Musical Revue consisted of five girls and one man, evidently 
Mr. Urown, they playing some popular airs on trombones and cornets, 
with a violin solo contributed by one of the yotmg women in yellow 
taffeta, with flowing net sleeves. The prettiest frock was worn by one 
of the trombone players, white, that had bands of colored sequins around 
the hem and up the sides of the skirt. 

Very chilly, the audience at the 81st Street Tuesday matinee. The 
nearest approach to any warmth was for Riggs and Witchie, with their 
delightful dancing. Their act 1m composed of five dances, each being a 
ttttle love story of different type. The setting for the gypsy dance was 
picturesque. While Riggs and Witchie change their different costumes 
Mack loud rendered solos on his violin. 

Toto Ut doing practically the :>u.me act as last season except that he has 
added another scene, that of a miniature bedroom set, in which he ruris 
Up imI rocs to sleep In ;i doll's bed, and he has a young Japanese girl 
P- • cards on an easel to announce the different characters. 

: "'i 11 and l.hinigan have * neat little offering, but would never stop 
th • show. When thoy have finished you forget they were. on. Quite 
SLiUl.g was Miss Rudell's last frock of black sequins wired at the hips 
that were trimmed with padded silk flowers, while hanging at the si<l<^s 
v '' ' ' i ather plumes of peacock bluet 

Vim.- \ :.. ; .. ■ j_ i,., ( ] i ne nttdience guessing at the Broadway, with her 
'; ;••-»..„.•• a fellow who weighed ahoui th< name ,i* fatty Arbuckh 
' ,;, t h< • but did u«>t succeed. 

Yuutts is always* enjoyable and her Urcrs was pretty, oi gold 

i riiitpcrifs of burnt orange chiffon at the sides. 

' Ut . ■ .. i- - a Hover boy in his act who Knows how to put over 

'I . ■•• in i young woman who wears a cheeky little costume of 

>•' i m.tde short to the knee, with pointed pockets on the 

'''''*■ 'ha: were outlined with silk padded fruits. 



Reeves Real Estate, lit Lexing- 
ton avenue, purchased Niblo's Gar- 
den, 170th street and 3rd avenue, 
last week and In turn leased the 
property to Charles Smith. The 
present structure occupies SO city 
lots and will be shortly renovated to 
provide for various forms of amuse- 
ment. It is the aim of Smith to 
provide a skfttlng rink, dancing car- 
nival and If possible movies. 



For the first time since the road- 
house opened several years ago, 
Blossom Heath on the Merrick road 
Long Island, is now closed to re- 
open in the spring. It olosed around 
Jan. 10. There has been an intense 
watch kept on the Island about sell- 
ing and this Is believed to have had 
some Influence In closing the place 
for the remainder of the winter. 



Florence Walton and her two 
partners have been selected as the 
initial attraction at the Drake, Chi- 
cago's newest and topplsst hotel, 
opening this week. 



GOING SOUTH 



IN THE V(JEST INDIES 



Whits Star Line. S8. "Magantic"— Partial Payment for Nics Ca+> 
Don't KTll— One Dsy Out of Havana— Maans Nothing. 



By 



THOMAS J. GRAY 

(The first of a series of six^articles that Tommy Gray is Uable to wit* 
voncirning the theatre as seen by an expert where Scotch is openly on sale, 
t as show business need pay no attention to any of them. 

Following the receipt regularly of royalty weekly from a couple of shows 
Tommy could be blamed for, the young author of Joe Lynch' s neighborhood 
decided to travel and look like wealth, even though it felt funny. He's 
away for at least 60 days, which takes him off anybody's mind for that 
length of time. With good luck he may remain avvty longer.) 

Other of the Gray articles will be entitled: 

CUBA AND .PICTURES. 

THE PANAMA CANAL—AND WHY. 

WATER OVER THE SIDE. 

WATCHING CURRENTS AS THEY ROLL. 

BO THIS IS YACHTING t 



Also by ths Same Grsy. 

Something should be done about the British cruelty to. America. Amer- 
icans know England is a free country, and it's ships have bars on thorn. 
That's why Americans travel on them. They favor them. In other 
words, "Columbia Is Jammed Off the Ocean." 

\. But something must be done. The Americans all wait until the three- 
mile limit is reached, and then — it is really cruel. On purpose ths British 
have narrow doors leading into the barroom. When the bar opened on 
this ship at the three-mile limit four men were killed in ths rush. Six 
more fainted when only charged 2S cents for a cocktail. Surely our gov- 
ernment will do something about that. 

This is a great trip. The boat has about 360 passengers, ladies and 
gentlemen and some others who look like vaudeville agents. 

A tropical trip Is different from an ordinary voyage. You havs to have 
a special make-up, lots of white trousers and a couple of quarts of car- 
bons. Right now the deck looks as though it were full of people waiting 
to go on and do "bench acta." 

One man has a pair of flannels that look as though some musical com- 
edy tenor wore them years ago, when tenors were as important to musical 
shows as dressmakers are now. 

Corona-Corona cigars at 16 cents and Carolina Perfectos at 10 cents are 
among the surprises of the season. It hr.lf of the passengers don't smoke 
themselves to death on account of the cheap price, all will be well. 

This trip can help a lot of people in show business. Dramatic actors 
could learn about appearing important on ths stage by watching the 
ship's officers. Jugglers could learn through observing the deck stewards 
juggling trays of tea at 4 o'clock, while most of ths passengers are In the 
smokin,, room. Dancers would do 'well to watch the passengers dance. 

r;e fellow told me he came from a theatrical family, his unolo was a 
Mong-plugger and he had a grandmother who owned the oandy stand at 
Tony Pastor's. Great human nature on this boat. One man came out 
of the bar three times, and three times the bar boy called him back to 
pay the check. « 

One fellow on the boat owns a coal mine in Pennsylvania, Hs wants 
to know if he can put in pictures when the coal gives out. 

Ou^boat was off the Florida coast this morning. It was easy to tell 
when .»e were passing Palm Beach, we could hear the theatrical man- 
agers there talking and see the sparkle of jewelry, also hear the moans of 
the people as they paid their hotel bills. 

There Is a man on the boat who Is writing a play. He says It's all fin- 
ished except for the last three acts. 

You go away for a rest and try to hide, and someone will discover you. 
There's a sailor on this boat who told me he helped to hiss ons of my acts 
off the stage in Haekensack. I haven't slept since, for ths way that 
roughneck looked at me I know he has nover forgotten It. 

It's funny how they discovered me. One of the sailors said: "My Lord 
Cray." I though he said. "My Lord, Gray." I said. "Yes." So it spread 
over the ship I was Lord Grey of England. The captain came down tb 
look Lord Grey over, got a flash at me, and yelled, "Throw that guy into 
irons." Then I explained I was Thomas J. Gray, of New York, and they 
wore going to throw me overboard for that, but later relented on my 
promise not to pull any gags that would make the sailors laugh while 
they were working. 



The new Loew theatre building. 
Broadway and 46th street, may 
house either a new dance palace or 
restaurant. There swero negotia- 
tions on to secure the roof, first 
floor or cellar for the purpose. The 
roof appears to be the choicest of 
the locations. It's atop IS stories 
with the only open air opposition 
for the summertime being across the 
way at the Hotel As tor. Whether 
the floor below the street level 
would prove suitable for dancing 
space was looked at skeptically by 
those interested because of the ven- 
tilation problem. 

It was reported a firm that has 
already established a large dance 
emporium on Broadway is more than 
timidly Interested in the idea, and 
that U>ere will be, somewhere In the 
new structure, a dance floor Is mor? 
than a mere possibility at present, 
though the high rental may have 
something to do with putting a 
damper on the project. 



LEGITS MAKING FILM FANS 

(Continued from page 11.) 
his stage picture conform as to depth (from footlights to furthest point 
upstage) with height of setting. But this has no merit, because the 
i width of the stage is a fixed and constant factor. He may make his 
drawing room 10 feet deep and 16 feet high, but he cannot bring the 
width of. say, 26 feet into conformity by any artificial means, and so his 
proportions are out of order, for a drawing room or a cottage kitchen 
cannot be presented in the measurements of a Harlem flat's private hall. 
There is little enough excuse for this kind of distortion In a room, but 
when It comes to exterior settings the abuse is even more manifestly 
ridiculous. 

"If the faddist producers do not feel able to let us gallery gods see 
the whole back, I suggest a compromise, say an arrangement which 
would permit a line of vision under the curtain from the topmost row in 
ths gallery to a point on a 11ns with a tall man's head along the drop 
furthest from the foots." 



I... 



Msrion Harria, who formerly 
made records for the Victor anrt Is 
now associated with the Columbia 
(records), is at present touring the 
south accompanied by Yorkes' Co- 
lumbia Saxophone Sextet. Th<-> 
have been out of town for about two 
weeks and will probably remain 
away for four more. The entertain- 
ment offered is In the nature of a 
concert, with Miss Harris singing 
melodlSi of the popular variety 
while the boys double on the differ- 
ent instruments. The running time 
for the performance is one hour and 
4". minutes, Prices scale from 10 
• cuts to %2. 



MONEY AND OLD AGE 

Brsks and elott It's a gripping fear that has consumed about all think- 
ing men at ens time or another la their livee, If not unfortunately having 
been left an Inheritance or burdened with a wealthy and indulgent father 
or mother. 



And yet life, as the biggest gamble of the universe, may remove the 
worry any moment. Like J. Bernard Dyllyn, known to every old -timer in 
the show business, and whose death was recently reported when asphyx- 
iatcd in his room. Dyllyn's stage career was honorabls in every way. 
fie pursued It and a thought pursued him. It was how would he be fixed 
in his old age, when through with the stags. Dyllyn became obsessed 
with it. He became frugal for himself, saving every dollar he pottMibly 
rould save, while traveling and at home, always for ths one object — 
that when old and helpless he would be Independent, as he was nf*dcath; 
have enough to take care of himself, and never would be obliged to 
i.oi row from friends to maintain himself. Dyllyn died worth $60,000, just 
as he was approaching that period of his life he had prepared against. 



According to report, Isham Jones' 
handi heavily advertised to appear 
at the Ziegfeld Frolic to supply the 
(Continued on psge 31.) 



That Dyllyn's death was accidental is no reason why his sat policy 
of saving should not be followed by all upon the stage, although not 
necessarily to the extent Dyllyn did. To deprive oneself of proper nour- 
inhrnent and healthful rest Is only to weaken the faculties and also the 
physique that would permit one to live long enough to enjoy old ago 
and the comfort which money placed aside for that time could provide. 



Various are the ways to save money after earning it. In this country 
r.f hig money and much noise about wealth, especially in the theatre busi- 
ness with its asides, It is not the earning capacity that will command as 
much admiration or attention as the capacity of those In the bus n«-ss 
being able to save some of what they earn. That Is the flrst lesson, to 
find out how to save. 



Some people hoard their money, not trusting anyone. Others use sav- 

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PICTURES 




Friday, February 4, 1921 



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INSIDE STUFF PICTURES 



Even the casual layman can tee that the big film producers have a 
problem of no mean proportions to get the 'industry back to ths pros- 
perous state they were. Tiled high with easy fortunes have ths credit 
sheets of the pioneer film men been where they found a new and better 
way to do old things in their game. 

The decision on the part of three of the biggest companies to work 
In harmony for a shop virtually closed until conditions should impiove 
has already worked miracjes in the cut-down of overheads that had 
been destructive, the cCritinu&ttce of which could oniy result, disastrously. 
Before the producer*, in the cut-down combination finish with the ex- 
periment something like order and common sense will be found in Jhcir 
studios. 

But the suspended studio payroll expedient is but a single move for 
the light. Many other reforms are possible. Producers, now that they 
have had tim* to take stork and see where they stand, know what many 
of these next step* toward .sound business procedure should be. It is 
within speculative possibility that one of the added reforms in saving 
waste is in the exchanges. The excess of productions on the shelves 
of all the leading producer-distributori must continue a menace to the 
final solution of the problem. What avail in his efforts at reconstruction 
If reproduction starts off before the excess is exhausted? 

Famous Players has a fabulous amount of money invested in pictures 
not yet released. Insiders connected with First National claim they have 
more than $4,000,000 worth of film on hand not yet released. Goldwyn '■ 
stock on hand cannot readily be computed. Marcus Loew's millions ore 
invested in Metro pictures not yet released or in process of making. 
Selznick has 25 features completed and not yet ready to be marketed 

and so on. < 

If, in this phase of the dilemma the producer decided to cut down 
distribution as well as production, with June, July and August futih, 
profit periods, the exhibitor, justly, might well agree, as he cannot pay 
the prices during these hot non-indoor months that his harvest periods 
warrant. That the producer shut down his releases during the afore- 
said three months and at a stroke catch up with his excess would be an 
added reform for the trade all around, if the producer does do that, 
and it Is said he may. 



neither the boas bot the wife knowing that the turf wasn't being pounded 
for work or sales. Many of the men who shot to screen affluence ha 
grander theatre* later ware among these pioneer nlokelettes, Including 
Carl Laemmle, who opened one in Chicago, hla first film dip, and Mark 
DJnteafass, who similarly debutted in Phllly. 

The industries of New England, with their textile and shoe outputs 
cut In two; Pittsburgh, with a virtual cloas-out In the smelters; the 
Northwest with its flour milling; the wheat West with its stalled har- 
vests, reaped at top and now demanded at bottom ; the tobacco anr cotton 
bound South, and New York City, Monaco of the retailer in normalcy, 
are all listening In to the new call. 

Washington, which decides about film taxation next month, is on the 
wires, and the film men may take it for all but granted that there will 
be no added tax burden, because the camel can't carry it. The Govern- 
ment fears for every added mraw Just now. and the film man will be 
among the considered. Fred Elliott, executive for the National Associa- 
tion of Motion Picture Theatres, now In Washington prosecuting the 
film men's taxation fight, expects soon to bring back the tax relief bacon 
to the boys. \ 



The Fatal Hour" Is a picture of melodrama, with the stealing of the 
crown Jewels from the tower, a couple of good picture fighting, and be- 
sides other things. The inser* was not a good move, as it had the crowds 
attired in the latest fashions, with Prim-ess Mary in short dressss and 
hair down her back. 

Gladys Coburn, who would have appeared to much better advantage 
with les« black under her eyes, wore an evening gown of flounced net 

(Continued on page 34.) 



"Nineteen and Phyllis," a Charles Ray picture at the Strand, delighted 
and "youthlfled" the audience with a dear little romance of puppy love 
which introduced the heroine (Clara Horton) In such Innocent little 
frocks as a girl of sweet sixteen with a beau "just nineteen" might select. 

The prettiest was a black one-piece slip with a white voile or georgette 
over-dress made with short sleeves and round, ingenue neck, finished with 
bands of filet lace. About the peplum bands of the filet were repeated. 
It was expenalve looking and quite appropriate for the grand -daughter 
of a rich old Judge, who would be apt to be educated to real lace. 

Her party coat avas of dark-figured brocade, with a muffler collar of fur. 
A lance frock of stiff taffeta designed with wired wing hip effect was 
dainty and very anappy looking. It was with his dress suit that Ray 
hoped to capture the lady of his heart. No woman was ever more f^ss> 
about her clothes nor strutted more vainly than did "Andrew Jacklbn." 
And as for following the style pages, this young Beau Brummel kept his 
tailor's models right on his desk at the office, and if there was ever a 
woman silly enough to pick out a style on paper and mark it "Me," she 
may be amused at Charlie Ray's array of fashion plates. 

"Phyllfs" wore one other frock of light velvet, with Eton jacket effect 
and puffed skirt. Her hair was nicely waved in a fancy way as a little 
blonde with her first beau might devise for herself. When she started for 
the dance she draped white tulle about her coiffure, which was most be- 
coming, but a very fancy arrangement, indeed, for going to a dance on 
the street car. Poor dear, it was hard to choose between "Andrew Jack- 
son" and a rich son of the town who had a motor car. 



CLOTHES IN PICTURES 



Eouise Glaum, in *Xove," plays a girl of the sweat-shop. The works 
closing down she is out of work. Hardships follow, and she chooses 
the "easiest way." 

From a flannel blouse and skirt she appears in a stunning gown of 
gold cloth, that had sheer black chiffon looped at the sides, bound with 
the gold, while laurel leaves decorated her hair. It is while thus attired 
she meets her former sweetheart, who was then poor, but has since 
had success. He spurns her when realizing her life, but she tells him 
he was the only one she ever loved; that she had to choose this life 
for her little sister's sake, the latter an awfully clever little kid (Peggy 
Cartwright), who did some clever emotional acting. 

Natalie (Miss Glaum) decides to end it and takes a plung on the stock 
exchange. It is successful, but "the man" won't be put off so lightly, 
and follows her to her country home, where she fakes him riding, attired 
In a natty blue with the large shawl collar of spotted foulard. 

An accident follows, killing the man, but leaving MVss Glaum without 
a scar. 



Dorothy Green in "The Good Bad Wife," a Vera MacCord production. 
has a very cheap looking picture. Even the outdoor shots are poor. Miss 
Green plays a young French dancer known as Fanchon La Fare, who 
later becomes Mrs. William Carter. Her husband is the son of an old 
Southern family. Her ways and style shock the somewhat old-fashioned 
people. 

Miss Green might have worn her dresses a trifle shorter, which would 
have given her a far more Frenchy look. An evening cloak was hand- 
some, made of silver cloth with a deep band of mink fur on the bottom, 
and also conforming the wide cuffs and collar. A summer frock was 
dainty, made of heavy white crepe de •'chine with narrow stripes of dark 
satin; the style was quite simple with Just a deep white frilled collar. 

,In the courtroom Miss Green looked charming and also sad, as the oc- 
casion demanded the latter. She was there to sacrifice her honor, and 
wore a navy blue serge suit, high in the neck, which had a linen Peter 
Pan collar. The coat was embroidered down the front and 'round the 
bottom, while the hat was close fitting, of velour cloth, with a flower of 
velvet at the side. Her riding togs were quite striking, breeches of hlacvk 
and white check with the coat of gray, trimmed at the collar and cuffs 
with the check. Her headgear was a gentleman's bowler. 



Cecil B. De Mille has turned out another good picture in "Forbidden 
Fruit," with Agnes Ayres and Forrest Stanley playing the S -ads. The 
whole cast is excellent. 

Miss Ayres Is as beautiful as ever, and in her wonderful gowns that 
she wears is a happy sight. One creation was of panne velvet, darkish 
shade, draped around the ankles, ending into a train at the back. 
Diamond trimming edged the top and was crossed In front, brought to 
the back, from which hung tw ^ huge tassels. Yellow paradise was 
gracefully pinned at the back of her dark wavy hair, beautifully dressed 
through the picture. 

For the play "Forbidden Fruit," Agnes Ayres displayed a handsome 
cloak of moleskin, with collar and arm slits of squirrel. The gown worn 
for this was of heavy gold cloth, while the headdress was odd but very 
attractive. 

In the bedroom scene Miss Ayres' nightie would make sny young man 
want to walk in his sleep. The wrap thrown over this was one of the 
most striking seen for moons and too good for just a mere bedroom. 

Kathryn Williams' fair beauty stood out in an evening gown of Jet, 
made on straight lines, while the fan she carried was a novel idea; sort 
of stick of brilliants with tassels from one end, while out of the otner 
shot black feathers, quite Frenchy. 

The "Cinderella" scene In this picture Is one of the most gorgeous 
witnessed in films. The floor was of glass, upon which Cinderella (Miss 
Ayres) and the Prince (Mr. Stanley) dance with the ladies of the court. 
Miss Ayres' costume as Cinderella was as handsome as the scene, of 
sheer silver tissue, decorated with jewels, while .round the arms strings 
of pearls twined. A white wig was becoming, with the headdress of silver 
somewhat the shape of a lantern. 



BALL PLAYERS OF STAGE 

▲ layman would probably doubt 
the assertion that a very fair near 
big league calibre baseball team 
oould be recruited among bona-fio* 
members of the theatrical prefes, 
slon, but It Is a fact nevertheless. 
For years the knights of the sweat 
shirt have cast avaricious eyes to. 
ward the stage and the knight of thi 
grease paint has responded in like 
manner. The writer has heard 
thousands of actors, athletically n. 
cllned, express a desire to become 
pro baseball players In favor of ' 
their own chosen profession. The 
ability to earn mor money behind 
the footlights has no d< uht chained 
many theatrical ball tossers to the 
trail of the lights whe.i their heart 
and deaires prompted them to try 
their hand at a precarious livelb* 
hood chasing the white apple. 

Ball players as a class are vastly 
underpaid. The difference in In- 
come between a standard vaudeville 
actor arid the average big league 
ball player is undreamed of by the 
average theatre-goer and baseball 
fan. 

Babe Ruth is the only ball player 
to the writer's knowledge whose 
baseball activities have exceeded 
$100,000 a season, an I in Ruth's case 
j this was augmented by various side 
lines. 

Ty Cobb at the top of his career 
vas never reported as having re- 
ceived In excess of $30,000 for a 
season's play. This was probably 
Increased by doing special articles 
on world's series for newspaper 
syndicates, and from the sale of 
books of an athletic nature where 
Cobb was given a sum for spon- 
soring the publication. George Sis* 
ler, Walter Johnson, Roger Horns* 
by and several more stars are all 
working for less than Cobb's top 
figure* and there are hundreds of big 
leaguers who have never received 
in excess of $6,000 a season. 

Sammy Smith, now connected 
with the Broadway Music Company, 
voluntarily resigned from a brilliar; 
baseball t career because he could 
make more money in the show busi- 
ness. Smith was with the Montreal 
Club in the Eastern LeaTU? a few 
years ago and was purchased at the 
end of the season by Clark Griffith 
for trial with the Cincinnati teair. 
Baseball politics decreed Sammv 
was never to wear a big league un - 
form for he was released before 
spring training time to Joe Kelly's 
Toronto Club. Smith had been a 
big factor in beating ^Toronto ou; 
of a pennant the previous season 
and Kelly shunted him out of !>• 
league to London, Ont.. in the 
Canadian League. Sammy refused 
to play minor league ball and ac- 
cepted a position as a song "plug* 
ger" for a music publishing firm. 
He still pitches, and last season 
turned in several victorious work- 
outs for the National Vaudeville 
Artists' team. 

N. V. A.'s Team. 
The N. V. A. had a team in the 
field last year that needed but one 
or two cogs to make it strong op- 
position for any of the Class A ball 
clubs or the best of the semi -pros. 
Eddie Wakefield, a former Eastern 
Leaguer, was one of the comoina- 
j Hon. At short stop was Harry 

' irmitrnnir fnrm*»r rnmrdlnn with 



The Motion Picture World is reported to be considering withdrawing 
Itself from a newsstand sale, circulating only to subscribers. The World 
is a picture trade organ, among others. Both the World and the Moving 
Picture News have been said of late to be complaining over the present 
condition that confronts them as well as other trade papers. In the pic- 
ture trade, however, where the majority of a trade paper's circulation •• 
among exhibitors, or should be, that does not call for a newsstand dis- 
play, something that seems essential to the strictly theatrical trade paper 
which caters to a traveling public. 

The World might have made itself non-returnable by newsdealers. 
If so that could account for the intent to cut out all newsstand sales, for 
newsdealers naturally will not order a non-returnable publication beyond 
the orders left for it. If returnable the opposite is Just as bad. With 
the return privilege the dealer doesn't care what he may order. At the 
cost of white paper, increased cost of production, and the prevailing high 
price for everything, with a lessened volume of advertising, there is 
hardly any trade paper that has a circulation of any account in its trade 
not more or less worried over the prospects. 

It was once claimed, some years back, that any trade paper with a 
circulation of 3.000 copies stood well in its trade. But that has not 
applied to theatricals for 2G years, although a trade., paper In the engi- 
neering trade that had no newsstand saie, with a moderate mailing list, 
sold for $1,000,000. That was because that trade paper was .he medium 
of Its trade. Regardless of the number of copies printed weekly, it was 
the medium and as such commanded that price-^-and that sale went 
through before the war. 



Back again to the good old days of the nlckclette hideaways Is the 
trend of the nickel grabbing film purveyor. While one end sf the re- 
taller-to- consumer procession is boosting the gate, another end Is going 
back to first principles. It's the Jobless legions that's evoking the re- 
cession. 

In New York, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago, Boston. Lynn, 
sVowell. Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Cincinnati, the Northwest and the South, 
Isle Jobhuntlng spectacle was never so picturesque or dramatic. In pre- 
war days, these houses in the bigger cities were known as salesmen's 
delights, and in many the men who ran them kept his auditorium lights 
so dim no drummer sfowing away could ever be tagged by any Investi- 
gating Simon Legree. As early as 8 V m. .some of them opened to furn- 
ish cheap refuge for the men who'd got up at daws to get advertised 
jobs and failed, Within the nicfcelette was peace and shelter, with 



Of Carmel Myers' three latest releases, the most recent, "Mad Marry 
lng„" is her best, from a story-point of view, and also her playing. At | the "Everysallor" aggregation 
the beginning of the picture Miss Myers is a sort of young mother to | vaudeville and now a member of 
an artist living in Greenwich Village, mending his socks and things in two-man comedy team 
general. The artist, realizing what a handy person she Is to have 
around the house, suggests marriage, she accepting, as she loves him, but 
it is one sided. He Just feeling relieved that now responsibility has 
been lifted, until he finds other men paying hla ..*lfe attention; then he 
discovers he also loves her. Oh the way of man— and woman! 

In the Biblical Pageant, Miss Myers was a beautiful picture as Judith, 
in her. flowing robes of black chiffon that had silver grapes circling her 
head, which continued down one side of the gown to the hem. 

The announcer for the different scenes was quite amusing, especially 
after the scene where some damsels prance around with flimsy coverings, 
he remarking: By Jove (yes he was English) I never knew the Bible 
contained such delightful stuffs Where can I get a copy?* 

An evening gown of satin, veiled with a net flounce, was becoming to 
Miss Myers with its huge black velvet poppies, forming a decorating at 
the edge of the long waisted bodice, stitched in gold. 

The baby in this picture was perfectly adorable, not over a couple of 
months old. 



In a George Walsh picture one is always certain of a good fight, and 
in his latest release, "Number 17," it's there. Not an ordinary affair be- 
tween two people but takes in nulnerous Chinks, and, ahile it appears 
frigMfitliy thrilling, it is amusing In part", where the Chinks swarm 
round Walsh. 

The picture is a trifle on the Impossible side, about a business man 
whose life is threatened by a Chinese society. 

His daughter, charmingly pjayed by Mildred Reardon, is stolen by the 
Chinks and Walsh is the rescuer. 

Mr. Walsh is wenring his hair much shorter, which is far better, but 
there is still room for Improvement. It is a bit too busy on top. 

Miss Reardon's evening gown was quite sweet, consisting of chiffon, 
with the bodice daintly encrusted with burgle trimmings, while 'round 
her slim waist, dark ribbon was tied. 






Armstrong, former comedian 



Armstrong 
is big league timber, fast, a good 
(Continued on page 36.) 

NEWS OF THE FILMS 

Kelton B. Miller has sold his in- 
terest in the Majestic, Pittsneld, 
Mass., to H. Calvin Ford, who Here- 
by acquires a controlling Interest* 
Elmer Foye a Boston banker, has 
also bought a block of stock. 

Bluefleld, W. Va., is to have a pic- 
ture house seating 800. Sol Knuf- 
man and Robert Peters will 1 ulld 
and manage. The same town has 
another proposed for It by S. 1j. 
Mats, to seat 700. 






While waiting for the feature film at the Stanley the other day, there 
passed over on the sheet a most tiresome and unfunny picture by the 
name of "Betty's Romeo," with Muriel Ostriche as its star. Some of 
the attempt at comedy ran as fellows (during a scene at the race course, 
while the horses are coming up stretch) "Come on, Lettuce, Come in a 
HEAD! Did you win? No I bet on Torhatoe, and he didn't CATCH UP!" 
Then thia, Tather fa raising CAIN! (cane) and Bill runs while he is 
Abel:" (able). 



Arthur Tarshls, advertising and"^ 
publicity director of Pioneer Film 
Corp., became the father of a 
daughter Jan. 1. 

The Federated Exchange has 
taken over the output of the Special 
Pictures Corporation and the 
Christie Comedies. 



Carthage, N. Y. is to have a new 
theatre, seating 1,200. Edward Col- 
llgan Is building and says opera* 
tlons will start in April. 



A combination vaudeville and plc- 
ture v theatre Is to be erected at 
Welrton, W. Va., by William Mor- 
gan of Yorkville, Ohio. The house 
will seat 1,500. 



Ellis O. Berg, of San Francisco. 
formerly manager of the Strand 
and Rialto theatres of that city, 
has arrived in New York and win 
locate here. 

A picture house in being ere« ted el 
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. 



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AXBANY DTCOKPOEATiem 

Albany. N. T., Feb. t. 
rwwin Music Co* capital, 110,- 
.*rDirectoTs: V. T. Follmar, I.. 
US J Tl^rwlD, *>l West 103d 

•trest** 

iT and •• Film Corp* capital, $10.- 
*a? Srecton: J. a frunne, S. 
Sbhulti. I. Siegel. il Chamber* 

ft ftThindl©r A Ulisn, Hurleyvllle, 
u t hoU. and theatre; capital. 
Ii9,m Director*: J. and M. Ullan, 
H schlndler, Hurleyvllle. 

p«lh«m Theatre Corp., Brong- 
•nic pictures; capital, $5,000. IM- 

iors: W. W. Evans, A. D. Brlt- 

«*. L. P. Evans. 

<fne following companies have 
'teen Incorporated at the Secretary 
9 l state's office: 

Middletown Theatre Co., capital 
atock $100,000; directory Walter V. 
Donovan, ill* Pacific et., Brooklyn; 
Joseph Quittner, 14» Broadway; 
Carl Pack, 709 Cauldwell ave.* New 
Tork city. 

New York Federated Exchange, 
slctures, capital, $26,000; directors, 
Abel C. Thomaa, Avrom M. Jacobs, 
Harold 8. Bareford, 1 Rector St., 
New York city. 

Bergol Amusement Corporation, 
olctores, capital. $10,000; director*. 
Max Goldberg, 220 East ll«th St.; B. 
Cantor. 161 East 123d St.; Mor- 
ris Bayer, 70 East 114th at., New 
Tork city. . 

Steuben Theatre Co., pictures, 
capital atock. $75,000; directors, Fred 
Gerber, James J. Kelly, Claude V. 
gtowell, Corning. N. T. 

Revue de Fashions, pictures, cap- 
ital," $1,000; directors. Maxwell Sil- 
ver, O. McCormlek. Renlot Work- 
man, 14«5 Broadway, New York 

city. 

General Library, film library, cap- 
ital. $500; directors, Stanley Eisen- 
bert, Rote Dolgln, Benjamin Kab- 
inowita, 277 Broadway, New York 
city. 

T*e Literary Digest Films Enter- 
priaea, pictures, capital, $100,000; di- 
rectors. Wilfred J. Funk, William 
Neisel, George A. Dame, 25' 4th 
eve.. New York city. 

Ward Film Distributing Corpora- 
tion, capital. $2,500; directors. Ebcr- 
hard F. Harmsen, Phtlllp Clentllle, 
Isadora Ward, Buffalo. N. Y. 

Elirsm Thtatrsa Co., theatres, 
isotlen pictures, capital, $in,ono; 
directors, Louis Markowitz. 2012 
Vyae are.; Simon M. Lazarus, 
199 West 177th st.; Samuel Rochet- 

I sky, 400 East 171st street, New York 
city. 
Elkwood Amusement Co., pictures, 
capital, $10,000; directors, same as 
above. 

Modal Amusement Co., pictures. 
capital. $10,000; directors, same aa 
above. 

Fina Arte Importing Corporation, 
phonographe, pianos, music publish- 
ing, capital, $150,000; directors, O. 
Bertrand Bocande, till West 112th 
st; Thomas W. Kelly, Paul Fuller, 
Jr.. ,2 Rector street. New York city, 
•urrendar of Certificate of Authority 

National Burlesque Association 
(De'aware). 

Resort A Realty Co., theatres; 
capital, $10,000; directors, Joseph 
Colletti. 657 W. Broadway. Julius 
Hallhamer, 201 Broadway, New 
York City; Jacob Lowenstein, 
Btroudsbury, Penna. 

Huoenot P^rk Hotel Corporation, 
notela. theatres: capital $15,000; di- 
rectors, George L. MaeFarlan*. 
Robert F. MacFarlane, 51 E. 25th 
■U Wilbur E. Fuller. 204 E. 26th 
St., New York City. 

Buck Eye Producing Co., theatre 
Jfoprtetors, managers; capital. 
Ji-OOO; directors, Auguat Dreycr, 
I * 8 J Broadway, Ralph W. Kerks. 188 

>E. 72d St., New York City; Full B. 
Isaacs Cleveland. O. 

Increase of capital stock: 
««?c y « ipic Amusement Co. (Buffalo) 
$«.5.000 to $750,000. 

Gauthier Producing Co., Manhat- 
tan, pictures; capital, $10,000; dl- 

r?. C i°u7*' M B Bo y d - E - L. Foise. J. 
Qauthler, 47 West 97th street. 

Mason Opera House Corp., Man- 
hattan; capiflrV $50,000; directors, 

ft » ? i M! ? , Prton - Jr • J - E - Mastbaum. 
w «. Dillingham Globe theatre. 

«arry Reichenbach, Manhattan. 
Pictures; capital, $5,000; directors. 

£h J ? n(1 w Hechhelmep, R. Work- 
man, 1468 Broadway 

mJu. A, „ F, '«her Theatricst enter- 
prises Corp., Rochester; JUoO.000. 
JJWCtors, U A. Flaher, H. B. Graves. 

A . w, . c * Btmmt, Rochester. 

C.nc.nnat: Grand Opera Houae 
~ or P- Manhattan; capital $50,000. 
H ^ tors ' R M - P^est, J. P. Blcker- 

sV C Yv R obU, 104 W. 70th Bt 
iiaaaJ* Dud, e>. Manhattan; capital 
EZ&!\ Erectors, W. and II. 8. 
weehheimcr. N. A. Jacolo. 1465 
•Broadway. 

Tiphany Phonetio Corp., phono- 

[*aphs; active capital, $4,000,000; 

^rectors: A. R, Jentei. W. W. 

iB i *»?• B - Ba8h - 80 Church street. 
M. J? u# 8u "dey League, to limit 
a J?l. Sun(J ay laws; capital. $5,000; 
cSS*?^ w - £ Appelberg. D. F. 

•treat. Brooklyn. 

Opera Oiso Co.| capital. $10,000; 
ai.in l< S a: C °- Galston. M. Iles- 

il2* C : . Rom - 14 °* w - « th •treat. 
caD?tn? r ' a .L P ^ oductlon •' P^tures; 
SSJI a,, m $200<) 0: directors: C. J. 
K«<*. T. K. Kane, F. 



64 ' W. uot'h street. ' 
^aD'tal Increase.- Q< 



W. Dennis. 
General Pro- 



ducers Corp., New Rochelle. firy 
om buelnese with $175,000 and I.I00 
aharee preferred, $100 eaeh, and 
1.000 common, no par. 

Venetian Phonograph Ce.. Beran- 
toa. Pa., dealers; capital. $11,000; 
directors: Domtnloo Clcoottl, Br* 
neate Alfano. Frank slketUno, 
Scran tea. 

Superior Produatiene Ce.i capital. 
$100,000; directors: W. I. N. Frank 
Jackson, R. Dunn, Dorer. 

. Harris Dickson Pioturee; active 
capital. $27,100; directors. A, C. 
Thomas, H. U. Baretord, la. V. 
Knoedler. S Rector at. 

Budd'a Amusement Co^ Manhat- 
tan; capital, $50,000, directors. 
B. and C. Levey, H. Kornhelser, 71 
B. 101th st. 

Hillek Amueement Ce.,; theatres 
and pictures; capital, $10,000; di- 
rectors, C. Williams, J. Cahn, J. 
Coleman, J07 W. 56th st. 

Csmeraacops Press; capital. $20.- 
000; directors, H. rhaplro, O. I. and 
S. A. Lamberger, 100S Tinton ave., 
Bronx. 

Our Civic Theatre, Queens; capi- 
tal, $300,000. Directors: Dr. A. L.. 
OArdozo. R. Buchanan, Jr., B. N. 
Zorn, Richmond Hill. 

B. eV A. Photoplay Corp.; capi- 
tal, $15,000. Directors: S. Bergof- 
fen, S. Applegreen, L. B. Green, 288 
Grand street New York. 

Marssn Amuitmest Corp., 
Queens, pictures; capita!. $6,000. 
Directors: D. D. and B. E. Deutsch, 
L. Freiman, 302 Broadway. 

Henry Baron, pictures; capital, 
$10,000. Directors: R. Dolgin. S. 
Eiaenberg, C. L. Grad, 27 Broadway. 
D. B. Berg Productions, pictures; 
capital, $5,000. Directors, Harry A. 
Friedman, 719 7th avenue; Jacob 
Breen, 55 Liberty street; Ray R. 
Shearer, 108 West 43d street, New 
York City. 

Individual Films; capital. $10,000. 
Directors, Louis K. Swartts, Harold 
M. Pitman. Charles E. Hawthorne, 
4^5 5th ave., New York City. 

Kress Amusement Co., pictures; 
capital. $25,000 Directors. John J. 
Appel, Isaac Fisher, Charles Sten- 
set. Jr.. Rochester, N. Y. 

B. e\ A. Photoplay Corporation; 
capital. $15,000. Directors, Samuel 
BergofTen, 535 W. 47th st.. Brook- 
lyn, Sadie Applegreen, 1448 5th ave.; 
Louis Ft. Cohen. 288 Grand st., New 
York City. 

Marsan Amuaement Corporation, 
theatrical; capital. $fi.000. Direc- 
tors. David D. Deutsch. Edward E. 
Deutsch, 17S9 Broadway; Leopold 
Freiman, 202 Broadway, New York 
City. 

Weatover Filma; capital. $10,000. 
Directors, Louis E. Swarts, Harold 
M. Pitman, Charles H. Hawthorne, 
485 5th ave New York City. 

8. & E. Amusement Corporation, 
picture's; capital, $20,000. Directors, 
Ruth Wander, 1473 Madison ave.; S. 
S Folk. 82") W. 179th St.; Morris 
Goldman. 9300 Fox et., Nev.' York 
City. 

Novelty Amusement Devise Cor- 
poration; capital, $35,000. Direc- 
tors. J. W. Ely. J. H. Birdsall, E. J. 
Silvius. White Plains, N. Y. 

Hillok Amusement Co., pictures; 
capital, $10,000. Directors, Charles 
Williams. 157 W. 47th st.; Julius 
Cahn. 73 W. 89th st.; John Coleman, 
207 W. 66th sL. New York City. 

Harris Dickson Pictures; capital, 
$27,500. Directors, Abel C. Thomas, 
Harold S. Bareford, Martha V. 
Knoedler. 2 Rector st.. New York 
City. 

Peerles Booking Corporation, pic- 
tures; capital, $100,000. Directors, 
Joh* A. Hopkins, 34 W. 53d St.; 
John Klovoord, Jr.. 214 W. 92d St.; 
Charles Monash, 600 W. 142d St.. 
New York City. 

Jewel Amusement Corporation, 
pictures; capital, $10,000. Direc- 
tors, Hyraan L. Friedman. 246 Wil- 
liam St.; Anthony Piscotta, 2130 1st 
ave.; Max R. Schneer. 135 Broad- 
way, New York City. 

Henry Baron, Inc., pictures; capi- 
tal. $10,000. Directors. Rose Dolgin, 
Stanley Eisenberg, Charles L. Grad, 
277 Broadway, New York City. 

Early Carroll Realty Corporation; 
capital, $125,000. Directors. Earl 
Carroll, 213 W. 42d st., Nathan April, 
Abner B. Stupel, 114 W. 44th st., 
New York City. 

Roalyn Theatre Co., pictures; 
capital, $1,000. Directora, Abraham 
Philips, Ida Philipa, 1719 E. 12th St.. 
M. B. Fischer, 938 Eastern Parkway. 
Brooklyn. 

Our Civic Theatre, pictures; cap- 
ital, $300,000; Directors, Dr. A. 
Lopes Cardoza, Robert Buchanan, 
Jr., Edgar N. Zorn, Richmond Hill, 
N. Y. 

Sidney Garrett Productions, pic- 
tures; capital. $10,000. Directors, 
Anthony J. Romagr.a, Nicholas* 
Bucci, Sophie Cohen, 31 Liberty st.. 
New York City. 

New York Industrial Show, exhi- 
bitions; capital. $30,000. Directors, 
George Ticman. Frank H. Parcells. 
John B. Parcell. C4 Wall St., New 
York City. 

Olcnwopd Theatre Co., (Quocns); 
capital, $10,000. Directors, Rudolph 
Stutzmann. R'dgewood L. I.; Louis 
Pfeiffer. Philip Pf^iffer. Jr., 408 
Knickerbocker ave.. Brooklyn. 

Clarion Photoplays. Nyack, capi- 
tal $10,000; directors, M. Oerst, It. 
Cole. H O. Kosch, 1476 Broadway, 

James E. Churchill Co., hofR 
capital $10,000; directors, C. N. 
Wright J. S. and J. E. Churchill, 
8*><> Broadway, 
Priamatone Ca.r-Jtfrroductlon pic- 



tures; capital $117,500; directora, H. 
A. Bloombenr. W. Kaufman. 8. 
Rosenthal, 1412 Broadway. 

Articles of Dissolution. 

Via Amusement Company, New 
York City. 

Diseolutione 

Apolle Pictures, Manhattan. 

Fslk Amusement Co.. Brooklyn. 

Novelty Amuaement Device Corp.; 
theatres; White Plains; capital, 
$11,000; directors. J. W. Ely. J. H. 
Birdsall, H. J. Silvius, White Plains. 

8. s\ K. A lusement Corp.; pic- 
tures; capital, $20,000; directors. 
R, Wander. 8. 8. Tolk, M. Goldman, 
tlO Fox at.. Manhattan. 

Weatover Filma; active capital. 
$10,000; directors, L. K. Schwart*. 
H. M. Pitman, C. E. Hawthornre, 48f 
Fifth are 

D. C. Berg Productions; pioturee; 
capital, $1,000; directors, H. A. 
Friedman, J. Breen. R. R. Shearer, 
ltl W. 43d st. 



DELAWARE INCORPORATIONS. 

Dover, Del., Feb. 2. 

The following corporations have 
been chartered: 

Fins Arta Pictures; capital, $6- 
a00,000; directors, C. T. Cohee, 8. 
L. M-ackcy, R. E. McClonkey, Wll- 
c ' .gton. 

Eureka Photo Plsysrs; capital 
$2,2" ,0U>, Directors, James J. Flan- 
nery, H. L. Ellis, Jr., New York; 8. 
V'ormser, Brooklyn. 

Up-in-the-Clouds Amuas. Corp., 
amusement placea; capital $75,000. 
Directors, T. L. Croteau, M. A. 
Bruce, S. E. Dill, Wilmington. 

Red Seal Film Corp., capital $50,- 
00 Directora, same as above. 

Columbia Amussmsnt Co.; capi- 
tal. $500,000; directors, W. T. Clark, 
Smith Craighead, H. H. Welkel, 
Philadelphia. 

New ComfoVt Recorda; phono- 
graph records; capital, $75,000; di- 
rectora, C. T. Cohee. C. B. Outten. 
R. E. McCloskey. Wilmington. 

Cosmopolitan Film Corp.; capital. 
$500,000; directors, T. L. Croteau, 
M. A. Bruce, S. E. Dill, Wilmington. 

Station Announcer Co., annun- 
ciators for theatres; capital, $1,000,- 
000. Directors: Virginia Cordon, J. 
S. McCauley, J. C. Rowc, New York. 

Reading Capitol Theatre Co.; 
capital, $2,000. Directors: F. R. 
Hansell, J. V. Pimm, E. M. Mac- 
Farland, Philadelphia. 

Name of Hemmer Superior Pro- 
ductions changed to New Superior 
Productions, New York. 

Mox-Easy Theatre Seating Co., 
Inc., capital, $1,000,000. Directors,: 
M. M. Lucey, M. B. Reese, V. V. 
Lacey. Wilmington. 

Capitsl Irrcreaee.— Woodlawn The- 
atre Co., Chicago, from $150,000 to 
$1,000,000. 



THE FIRST "BORN 

Bessue Hayakawa gives a flno 
demonstration of screen pantomimic 
art in his performance of Chan 
Wang in "The First Born." The 
film version of Francis Powers' play 
of the same name supplies him with 
ample scope for portrayal of a series 
of emotiona ranging from youthful 
happlnetifl to poignant tragedy. 

To those who do not recall the 
tale, it begins on the banks of 'the 
Hoang-Ho River in China, where 
Chan Wnng, then a mero youth, 
loves and is loved by Loey Tsing. 
In the midst of their courting Loey 
Is sold by her father to slave agent 
and brought to San Francisco. 
Meantime, at the behest of ills hon- 
orable father. Chan V. ang marries 
another woman, a discontented 
creature, who brings him little hap- 
piness. A son is born to them — the 
first born, whom Chan idolizes. 
They journey to America, whore 
they oxpect to find gold on the 
streets. When the child Is five years 
old Chan meets Lo<Ty once more, 
but only for a few moments. 8hc is 
ordered back to her barred residence 
by the powerful merchant whose 
chattel .she is. 

Feeling a resentment against 
Chan, the merchant has the child 
spirited to his house, proceeds to 
abuse It— the child falls out of the 
window in attempting to escape a 
beating. Is killed, and Chan here 
shown his inimitable art in portray- 
ing his inconsolable grief. How he 
plots and executes his diabolical 
grief and the Oriental cunning 
makes for powerful tragedy. 

His suporting company is admir- 
ably handled by the director, Colin 
Campbell, und the production is at- 
mospheric and most artistic. One 
seldom Is regaled with such adher- 
ence to the moat minute details. 

Roberti»on-Cole have in "The First 
Born" a very nigh class feature. 

Jolo. 



IMPROVING GREECE 



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From Elyria, O., have come a 
pair of "Lochinvar" exhibitors, 
headed for their native country. 
Greece, with the full determination 
to change the picture houses of 
that country from store shows to 
modern cinema palaces on a scale of 
magnificence equal to those of the 
best in America. 

The names of these men are John 
Pokras and Milton Phelos and they 
have been picture exhibitors In the 
United States for the past 15 years. 

Phelos has just returned from a 
six months' visit to Greece, where 
he made a tour of Inspection and 
found there nothing but store 
shows. He says the theatres them* 
selves were large and well built, but 
there was no evidence of modern 
showmanship to attract the public. 
The entrances were dimly lit, with 
small doors, no lobby displays, no 
billing, no ballyhoo schemes and no 
newspaper advertising beyond a 
single line announcing the attrac- 
tion. 

Phelos and Pekras are now In 
New York making plans for the im- 
porting into Greece of modern film 
exhibitions methods and as an evi- 
dence In the result, are Investing 
$?00.000 of their own money, with 
whleh they have secured control of 
threo picture houses In Athens. 
which they propose to 'operate on 
present-day American lines. 



LEAH BARD'S COMPANY 

Los Angeles. Feb. 2. 

The Leah Baird Film Corporation 
has been formed with Arthur Beck, 
Philip Cohen and Miss Baird as 
officers. Capital, $250,000. 

The Baird releases will go 
through P.Uhe. 



STRAND 

At six oVlock Sunday evening the 
huge lobby of the Strand was 
packed to overflowing and a line ex- 
tended half way up the utrcet, 
scrambling for an opportunity to 
see He.H.sue Hayakawa in "The First 
Born." Those who ajuccecded in 
gaining admission were well, re- 
warded for their trouble, for it Is a 
fine film feature, admirably acted 
and produced, with an interesting 
story. 

A special prolog has been arranged 
by Director Joseph Plunkett for the 
feature. It ia in two scenes, the 
first in Shantung and the other In 
San Francisco's Chinatown. The 
settings were painted by Gates A 
Morange. In these sets Walter 
Vaughnn, a tenor, clad in Chinese 
costume, sings, aw* is assisted by 
the remainder of a quartet off-stage. 
Sunday evening the second tenor of 
the four male singers was a little 
off key. 

Liszt's "First Hungarian Rhap- 
sody" was used for the overture, 
with a c/imhoiom cadenza, which 
proved an effective orchestral nov- 
elty The Topical Review is made 
up of extract's from Pa the, Interna- 
tional and Fox weeklies. 

Selma Johansen, a Swedish so- 
prano of considerable range, .ren- 
dered effectively "Wake Pp." by 
Phillips, and Grieg's "I Love Thee." 
The comedy is "BrJJe and Gloom." 
a Monty Banks two-reeler, full of 
rapid fire farcical situations based 
upon the theory that When you ac- 
tually want to get hurt It is impos- 
sible. Jolo. 



Carey Wileora Have -» 8on. 

A son was horn Feb. 1 to Mr. and 
Mr?. Carey Wil jTi. Mrs. Wilson is 
at the Child'! Hospital. New fork. 
The futher it with the Edward 
Small play depnrtmerit. lie Is i 
scenario writer of note. 



CHICKEN IN THE CASE 

This latest Selznick program fea- 
ture starring Owen Moore contains 
a story that bears down heavily on 
familiar comedy situations, but has 
Been cleverly ^modernized with new 
freakish twists into one of the 
fastest and most entertaining of 
comedies. 

Steve Perkins (Owen Moore) Is 
suddenly made ail heir to a large 
ft t-tune through the death of an 
uncle. Stipulations in the will ap- 
point a narrow, crabbed aunt as 
executrix of the estate, and another 
provision requires that Moore shall 
receive only an allowance until he 
Is 40 years old. 

He and his bosom pal, who has 
recently married, decide to outwit 
the aunt, ahd Moore borrows his 
friend's wife. Up to hero the story 
is along familiar lines, but when 
the trio migrate to the new home 
of the nowlyweds the complications 
are fast and furious. 

Moore meets the right girl in a 
neighbor's daughter, and after his 
pal's young wife returns to Moore's 
apartments in the city, after their 
first quarrel, Moore stays In t lie 
country to press his own suit. The 
aunt arrives at the town head- 
quarters and discovers Moore's 
supposed wife afOfie with Moore's 
pal. She drags them back to the 
country in lime tc introduce them 
to Moore's real fiancee and father. 
who are enjoying a betrothal din- 
ner. 

A wild night Is spent at the 
house, with the married people try- 
ing to arrange to bo together and 
auntie complicating mntters by In- 
aisting upon tucking Moore and his 
ivlfe into bed. The pal. surprised 
In his own wifcr's closet, dons female 
attire and passes the indignant 

female, gu^iy into the roofh Moore 

ij in. 

Moore, to shle!'* his pr»T, trades 
dudg with hin nnd exits from the 
room In time for the aunt to form 
the .* u i ible conclusion. Au- , 



other complication Is the arrival it 
A certified check for Moore's share 
of the inheritance, but made pay- 
able to his wife. 

Mutual explanations follow In the 
morning, with Moore wedding his 
real lo 'e In a stable, where all four 
are hiding, the ceremony being per- 
formed by a justice of the peaco 
who has been summoned by the 
aunt to arrest Moore's pal. 

A thoroughly capable cast took 
full advantage of the unusual op- 
portunities for comedy, with Moore 
himself giving an Intelligent light 
comedy characterization.* 

The direction, photography, light- 
ing effects and continuity were on 
a par with the rest of the delight- 
ful comedy that will create om- 
ment and prove a welcome feature. 

Con. 



THE YELLOW CLAW. 

London, Jan. 7. 
Htoll.— Six Reels. 
Strongest of strong sensational 
melodrama. The story, adapted 
from a popular novel by Sax 
Hohmer, is peculiarly weak and 
futile. Everything gives way to 
cheap sensationalism. Plausibility 
and even realism are sacrlfled to the 
upkeep of a mystery not unraveled 
when "the end" appears. 

The staging Is magnificent and 
the scenic side reflects ths greatest 
credit on Rene Plaisetty. Ths scenes 
in the Chinese opium den are staged 
with utter disregard for expense. 
The scenes on the Thames during 
the motorboat chase a#Q also very 
well done. 

A dishevelled woman rushes Into 
a man's room late at night and 
implores him to save her. She col- 
lapses. He goes for a doctor and 
on his return finds that she is dead. 
The doctor diagnoses he*- death as 
being caused by opium taking. All 
saw her strangled by a claw like 
hand, but doctors are easily misled, 
especially in fiction and the opening 
scenes of a mystery film. Scotland 
Yard is baffled, and eminent French 
detective comes to their aid. He 
quickly obtains a clue — by now the 
murder trail seems to hare given 
way to a search for opium traffickers 
and by pretending to be a dope fiend 
he gets into the elaborate den run 
by a mysterious "Mr. King," who is 
at the back of all this devilry. There 
the wife of the man in whose rooms 
girl No. 1 died is being kept and 
doped forcibly by means of a hypo- 
dermic syringe. After some adven- 
tures he bribes a man-servant r.nd 
escapes back to the Yard. The 
police raid the place, but the prin- 
cipal villains escape by motorboat 
after the vlllaincss, the "Queen of 
the Popples," has stabbed their 
leader for whom she has conceived 
an unholy and undoubtedly jealous 
passion. The police pursue In an- 
other motorboat, and villainy even- 
tually meets its end by drowning, 
the "Queen" being pulled under by 
a clutching and claw-llko hand. The 
picture ends with this hand rising 
from the water, apparently in search 
of more victims, and the legend. 
"Who is Mr. King?" We don't know 
any more than the Stoll people seem 
to. 

Chief honors go to Harvey Braban, 
who gives an excellent und natural 
performance as the Cetectlvo 
(French). Stanley Seaward Is offi- 
cially stolid as his British colleague 
and gives quite a good performs na . 
Many or*er m^le parts ire well if 
not brilliantly. played, the players 
having little tSpportunity for dis- 
playing histrionic talent. Kitty 
Fielder Is excellent as the vamplrisli 
"Queen of ths Popples," and Is re- 
sponsible for a semi-disrobed scen<- 
In which she appears as Cleopatra 
or it may be Salome, propably to 
convey an impression of the joyful 
dreams dreamed by opium smokers. 
The best acting comes fraui'Miss 
June as the t erf I fled voman of the 
opening scenes, but she dies too 
young to prove If she could have 
kept it up. 

"The Yellow Claw" will probably 
attract many not already satiated 
with morbid sensationalism. Lut 
Stoll. which produced a masterpiece 
in "Mr. Wu," while the firm was 
young, must look to Its laurels — 
magnificent an^l extravagant stag- 
ing alone will not create a su. er- 
picture. (I .rr. 



NUMBER 17 

, Art assemblage of coincld. ne.-s. 
melpdrama. suspensive and intenn • 
conflict, winding up with the sub- 
title, "And our story ends as stories 
do that have lovers." It is from a 
novel by Louis Tracy, scenario and 
direction by George A. Beranger. 
starring (Jeorge Walsh, a Fox pro- 
duction. 

Walsh plays a fiction writer who 
familiarises himself with the under- 
world In order to get first-hand lm- 
preaaiOnfl. The father of the girl he 
loves has incurred the enmity of the 
fanatical leader of the young Man- 
chus through having meddled In 
their affairs in China. They nr» en- 
deavoring to Injure him through his 
family and make an effort to kidnap 
bis daughter. All of which permits 
of the pleturlzlng of a terrific battl« 
between the two Tong organizations 
in New York's Chinatown and gives 
Walsh several splendid opportunities 
to enter into a series of AstlC melfCS. 

There are constant repetitious of 
explanatory tub-titles, designed to 
make the tale obvious, and it is a 
i\Uff\\^r\ If this idea ban not been 
carried out at too great a length. 

An Interesting program feature. 

J'llo. 

(Contl u< -I on pi>se 41) 






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NEW AClfc THIS WEEK 



iTWiy, February 4 lfg| 
















VAN HOVEN. 

Comedy Magician. 

12 Mins.; Full Stage (Spacial). 

Pa lac a. 

Some 16 years ago Van Hoven, 
the "Dippy Mad Magician," was 
playing in the wilds of the Middle 
West for Gus Sun. Those experi- 
ences in the made -over grocery 
stores and hardware emporiums 
turned over night, as a result of the 
picture craze into "theatres" in such 
thriving metropolises as Elyria 
Ashtabula, Xzenia, etc., made a deep 
Impression on Van Koven. He did 
an odd sort of act, a bit of magic, 
with a constant flow of witty patter, 
but the yokels didn't think he was 
particularly funny, and the "manag- 
ers"— what they did to Van Hoven, 
•specially the Gus Sun "janitors" of 
those days. He played ten split 
weeks one time in a flock of "Al- 
hambras," Bijou Dreams" and 
"Palaces," and was "canned" in 
•very one of them, receiving the 
Magnificent salary of $15, if he was 
allowed to finish a three-day split. 

But it's different now, the rough 
tough tank town experiences 
only a memory with Van Hoven, 
•wen If a bitter one, but still a 
lory, for he's at the Palace this 
»k doing essentially the same act 
as he did for the Adam Sourguys, 
and getting absajt 25 times as much 
as he did from the Sun managers, 
and making 'em laugh their heads 
off, just as he has been doing for 
the last seven years in the best 
theatres of London. 

Van Hoven has grown about 20 
pounds heavier than when last ap- 
pearing at Hammerstein's in 1914 or 
thereabouts, but he's still the same 
cheery patterer, lending an eccen- 
tric comedy touch to everything he 
does and keeping the laughs com- 
ing In ripples, roars, yells and gales. 

Dressed in a suit of modish cut 
and tting him like the clothing fits 
the fellows In the magazine ads, 
Van Hoven presented an appear- 
ance of class that would do credit 
to a leading juvenile in a Broadway 
show. ' Three little English boys 
assist him in a trick at the 
finish, just as a "committee" form- 
erly assisted him with a paper bap; 
trick years ago. This has one of 
the kids holding a large piece of ice 
and dropping it when Van Hoven 
•hoots e/f a revolver several times. 

The kids are funny in themselves, 
holding the most stolid of expres- 
sions while they are on the stage 
The manner of getting them there is 
one of the biggest laughs, Van 
Hoven leaving the stage and ap- 
parently bringing them in from the 
street. He has added a few tricks 



DOROTHY JARDON. 

8ongs. 

28 Minsf; Full Staoe (Special). 

Palace. 

Dorothy Jardon's re-entry into 
vaudeville after an absence of a 
year, during which she appeared In 



fortunate Incident Monday after- 
noon at the Palace. While she was 
singing her final number, "Eli Ell," 
Miss Jardon stopped, stating she' 
was suffering from nervous trduble, 
and left tin stage. Tuesday night 
there was no sign of nervousness 
apparent about Miss Jardon, neither 
in her appearance nor In the man- 
ner she delivered her songs. 

She was in good voice, her rich, 
finely cultivated soprano answering 
every demand made upon it. Her 
repertoire held a. medley of oper- 
atic nature, a selection from one 
of the standard operas, and a ballad 
of the concert type. An encore 
number, another ballad, was an- 
nounced ss having been composed 
by Miss Jardon. 

Jerry Jarnigan was her accom- 
panist, lending valuable aid In the 
songs and holding the house han- 
dily with a solo, while Miss Tardon 
changed from a pretty one-piece 
orange evening gown worn for the 
opening to an all-white silver span- 
gled creation. 

Tuesday night Miss Jardon re- 
ceived appreciative applause for all 
of her numbers, took six bows at 
the finish, and, generally speaking, 
more than put it over, lending real 
class to the show additionally. 

BcU. 



D. D. M.r 

Mo no leg. 

16 Mint.; One 

Regent. 

D. D. H? comes to town as a 

mystery. The management at the 

Regent could shod bo light on his 

Brand opera, was marked by an un- f identity nor explain what "D. D 



FRANK NEVILLE and Co. ft). 
"Miss Prohibition" (skit). 
18 Mirre.; On« snd Two (special). < 
23d St. 

Frank Neville is assisted by a 
young girl and a tall youth, the 
latter figuring in the act in a minor 
way. The turn is in tWo sections, 
Mr. Neville and the girl doing a 
familiar burlesque bit in one and a 
double song and dance number pre- 
ceding the part of the specialty de- 
scribed in the billing as "Miss Pro- 
hibition." This is in "two." a spe- 
cial interior or 'it might be an ex- 
terior, it was hard to tell, being a 
drop with a store window, with the 
lettering indicating it was an ex- 
terior, despite that the set held par- 
lor furniture. 

The girl does a toe dance, garbed 
in the period of 1847. Neville also 
appearing in *47 costume, after the 



fashion of the Johnny Walker ads 
sitdonebeforVburir isn't tricks I thftt graced the billboards a few 



H.T* was the symbol for. Unknown 
and reputatlonlesa, D. D. H.T makes 
good on his own from the audience 
point of view. 

A nondescript drop Is 1st down h\ 
"one" and the only prop In sight 
Is a small table. D, D. H.T walks 
Into view briskly, attired in con- 
servative frock coat, neat as a pin, 
but of bygone cut. and a mortar- 
board cap such as college seniors 
wear at commencement exercises. 
He carries a huge book under his 
aVm. 

Placing the volume he begins a 
swift, bright line of talk in the 
character of a book canvasser try- 
ing to sell an encyclopedia. To un- 
derstand the style of delivery you 
must try to conceive a combination 
of Jim Thornton with his delibera- 
tion and a characterisation some- 
thing like the Sunday school super- 
intendent as done by Chic Sales. 
Not that this newcomer filches* from 
either, for he does not, either in 
material or style of act, but hi3 
style reminds one of both. 

Probably this is due to the fact 
that he draws a truthful picture of 
a certain type of superficially cul- 
tured book agent, and this portrait 
takes force from the fact that It 
Is overlaid with a burlesque. The 
manner of delivery represents the 
actual character sketch" and the 
talk Is ridiculous enough to travesty 
the type. 

D. D. H.? reels off glibly a long 
list of things upon which his book 
will enlighten the seeker of knowl- 
edge, working them in threes al- 
phabetically, as "Here you will find 
information on wine, women and 
workhouse," and there follows an 
absurd lecture on each of these 
burning topics. The talk Is a true 
monolog, hung on a single thread 
and building up to a laughing finish. 

The idea is capable of infinite sot* 
pansion and could be kept up to 
date by endless revisions and in- 
terpolations. The thing is done 
simply and without frills. 

The test of its effectiveness Is that 
it brought applause enough to jus- 
tify a legitimate curtain speech. 

• Rush. 



MABEL TALIAFERRO and OO. 

(2). 
''Connie" (Comedy). 
23 Mins.; Full Stage (Psrlor). 
5th Avenue. 

"Connie," by Tom Barry, is an un- 
convincing comedy playlet, having 
only Mabel Taliaferro to hold it up, 
and that only on Miss TaHuferro|s 
name. To bring out all of the star's 
possible popularity, a picture film 
precedes the rlaylet. On the screen 
is shown Miss Taliaferro in the most 
Important of her speaking stage 
plays and one or two feature pic- 
tured. That hardly aided her at the 
6th Avenue, which is still down- 
town and farther down daily. 

"Connie" (Miss Taliaferro) Is the 
daughter of a butler in the home of 
a bachelor, who Is a woman-despiser. 
There Is a friendship between the 
two men. The butler agreed to be a 
butler in return for the promise of 
his friend to will him his wine cellar 
at death. 

Threatened with melancholia, the 
bachelor sees only gloom, when the 
Irish butler frames with his daugh- 
ter to wean the man away from hi* 
thoughts and women hatred. This 
is partially accomplished when (Bon- 
nie bursts into the library one eve- 
ning, through a casement window, 
saying she is being pursued. Pa'm- 
ing herself off as a picture actress, 
she twines Herself into the bache- 
lor's affections, with both leaving 
the house together, to go to the 
studio. 

The finish is apart from that, 
however, and very weak, although 
not much weaker than the playlet 
as a whole. If Miss Taliaferro's 
name yet remains strong enoueh for 
a box office draw, the sketch 1«* 
worth while, for that ren^or alone. 

The picture slide mentioned this 
is Miss Taliaferro's debut, inf^rrln*? 
for vaudeville. I* errs. Miss Talia- 
ferro played vaudeville In March. 
1912 in "Tnken On Credit" and 
n train in July for the Fame yenr 
"Return of Tot.'' am. she had previ- 
ously appeared as a vaudcvil'e at- 
traction. 8imc. 



that matters with Van Hoven, it's 
his ability to get laughs, a person- 
ality that reaches to the last row 
ad a high degree of showmanship 
that marks his simplest magical ex- 
periments. 

His Palace salary Is just about 
double what he was offered three or 
four years ago, after he had pstab- 
Uehed himself on the oQier side. 

Next to closing Tuesday night he 
was the biggest, kind of a comedy 
alt — and those laughs and that re- 
ception Monday must have gone a 
long ways to soften up those Gus 
memoriest Bctt. 



CASEY snd WARREN. 
Tslk snd Songs. 
16 Mins.; One. S 

SBd St. 

Man and woman, man doing Eng- 
■sh "fop" type, and woman straight, 
with an occasional fling at the com- 
edy end. A Scotch terrier carried 
en by man is productive of a bunch 
sf laughs at the opening. The talk 
has the man misunderstanding 
soman's American slang expres- 
sions, as per the usual "silly ass" 
routine. Double song In which 
woman endeavors to give man jazz 
dancing lesson and comedy double 
for finish. The talk is bright and 
very well handled by both, the ma- 
terial holding little that is familiar 
aside from the misunderstanding of 
the American id^>ms. 

Good comedy turn, certain in the 
pop houses, with prospects first rate 
for development into standard turn 
for the better time. B*U. 



years ago. A sign reading Johnny 
Walker and talk relating to that 
personage gave the impression the 
couple were boosting the vintage. 

Monday night after Mr. Neville 
had mixed a high ball and the girl 
has fainted> he steppe 1 forward as 
if to talk, at the sar..e time pushing 
the girl into a chair. He pushed a 
trifle too hard, however, and chair 
and girl toppled over together back- 
wards. This was good for a big 
laugh, and the act ended there. That 
could hardly have been the regular 
finish being too abrupt to look nat- 
ural. 

Mr. Neville displays ability as a 
light comedian, dances well and is 
capable of handling a much better 
line of material than his present 
vehicle contains. There are some 
laughs in the prohibition bit, but 
that section needs Revision. The 
opening is all out of variance with 
the second part of the turn. With 
fixing the mixture can get by In the 
pop houses, but Neville will be 
wasting his time with it. An au- 
thor seems to be the answer, with a I popular bills. 
Beat little singing, talking^ and | 
dancing act in one, with a girl part- 
ner. Belt. 



FOUR MUSKETEERS. 
Comedy Talking snfl Singing 

Qusrtstte. 
16 Mine.; Full Stage. (Special 

•ft). 
Columbia. 

This turn has been playing around 
since the termination of the war 
and includes four uniformed char- 
acters, Scotch, Canadian, English 
and Irish. It is mainly a singing 
combination, but comedy is derived 
through the excellent characteriza- 
tion pf the "cockney." 

A special set representing a 
trench 'scene with the four men in 
regulation active service regalia, 
the, dialogue being broken up by a 
bass solo, a ballad and a recitation 
e>f the kind applause nature by the 
Canadian. -v 

The solo offerings got most the 
ensemble numbers, sounding slight- 
ly flat In spots. 

Ths "cockney's" ragging of the 
Scotchman and his comedy recital 
of his experiences while on leave 
pulled continuous laughs at the Co- 
lumbia. 

It's a sure fire frame up for the 

Con. 






HOWELL snd JAMES. 
Tslk snd Songs. 
16 Mins.; One. 
»rd St. 

Two men, both black face, one 
tall, the other short, in comedy talk 
and songs. Shorter man, who does 
comedy, offers funny wench imper- 
sonation, changing to that character 
from male garb, while straight sings 
Irish ballad, the latter delivering 
sis stuff likably. Double for closing 
Comedian has acid proof negro dia- 
lect, gets laughs without forcing 
matters, and straight owns excellent 
tenor voice. Entertaining double 
with average line of material, which 
shey better by competent handling. 
Good small timers with strong pos- 
sibilities for development f«>r tn<' 
hetter houses. 'I'll. 



CARLITA snd LEWIS. 
Songs snd Tslk. 
14 Mins.; Fuir(Specisl). 
Fifth Avenue. 

A naval lieutenant and a sup 
posedly Spanish maid cross-firing 
with songs allowed the pair to ren- 
der four selections with the final 
number being that of the woman 
adhering to the classics, while her 
partner breaks in to jazz it up. The 
crowd out front were decidedly in 
favor of the "lieut" with his "pop" 
melodies. 

The conversation merely forms a 
scries of excuses to allow an en- 
trance into a lyric. What comedy la 
tried for, along that line Is shy on 
quality. The pair might have done 
better as a straight singing duo in 
"one," minus the talkfsnd without 
the specku "set." 

The man's appearance was neat, 
while his partner made one change 
that neither improved upon nor de- 
tracted from her first arrangement 
which was average. 

The act looks to be O. K., for Jthe 
iti< n held, No. 3, throughout the 
smaller houses* 



De BELL and WATERS. 

Talk and Dsnces. 

12 Mins.; One. * 

125th St. 

Jack De Bell and Jean Waters are 
a lively couple: Miss Waters is 
bare-kneed and sports a checked 
romper dress that would place the 
age of characterization at about 15 
years. De Bell is her "sweetie" and 
they have just come from a party. 
The emitter is a mixture of kid stuff 
and suggestion on their being mar- 
ried — not quite consistent with the 
semi-kid roles but amusing enough. 
\ She wants to ride home in a taxi 
and he tells her It can't be done; 
a patrol wagon was good enough for 
her old man and street car should 
suffice for hei He also calls her a 
meal hound, whose Idea of heaver) 
is a cafeteria. There are several 
gags which got over. One was a 
new application of the apple sauce 
joke, with horse radish the idea. 
Another about "Kelly pool" is Well 
understood In pop. 

Miss Waters showed a neat dance 
bit alone, displaying cleverness with 
side and straight kicking. No. 2 the 
team did very well and Is safe for 
a qpe* in the three day shows 

/tee. 



JACK "TEXAS" 8ULLIVAN. 
Lsriat. Gun Fanning- 
11 Mins.; One. 
H. O. H. 

Sullivan follows all the rope spin- 
ners and stage cowboys and shows 
a real novelty in lariat spinning and 
real honest-to-goodness "gun fan- 
ning." 

Opening in cowboy attire he ex- 
plains the uses of a rope in ranching 
and cattle punching, and does some 
new tricks, such as tieing four 
knots at once and then reversing 
the procedure. 

The jumping in and out of the 
I noose is also listed, but the cowboy 
{ explains tha it has no practical 
value in "hog tieing" a steer and 
niuatrates. 

He closes with a description of 
what is mea it by yie term "gun 
fanning," using an old-fashioned 
Colt .45, with a hammer that re- 
quires pulling bacR or "fanning." 
From the holster the gun leaps 4nto 
Sullivan's hand and is fired so 
quickly that the eye cannot follow 
his movements. 

Follov. an illustration of spin- 
ning a gun and firing . which was 
often used in the Southwest in its 
wild days, when a man was covered 
and asked to hand ovt. ills weapon. 
Holding the gun butt forward to- 
ward his adversary, the "gun man" 
suddenly spins the handle, into his 
own hand and fires it with almost 
incredible speed. 

The fault of the turn at present 
is the talklness as the artist has to 
orate at length to Illustrate his dem- 
onstrations. Comedy talk or some 
other method of Introduction would 
help. It's a real novelty. Con. 



ANNIE ABBOTT. 

"The Georgia Magnet." 
16 Mins.; % Full Stsge. 
Broadway. 

Ana. j ...A^l;. ;.>_• : , . 4 ._ ^ 
vaudeviUe as long as 22 years ssa 
and It may be longer. At times «l 
disappeared from the footlights. ij[ 
1909 Miss Abbott came to the front 
for the second or third time The 
reason then was a revived or cu/ 
rent interest In the occult snd Mlai 
Abbott. For at least five years the 
has not been noticed on the hoards. 

The stunts of Johnny Coulon! 
former bantamweight boxing cham- 
pion, again permits the "magnet" to 
come to the fore. She certainly doe* 
not look the old-timer she ia, and 
she doesn't look to be much over 
the 118 pounds in weight the an 
nouncer claims she is. Coulon start 
ed something with his knack, to r*J 
sist even the strongest men' Hftioi 
him off his feet. But Johnny i 8 , 
wise sort* of bird and centered his 
activities abroad. He visited his 
home recently. In New York he 
gave several demonstrations, and the 
newspapers snapped it up as live 
news. Coulon recently returned to 
Paris and immediately there came 
cabled stories of his experiments, 
described as wonderful. 

There is a difference in the ex- 
planations of Miss Abbott and 
Coulon. The latter has given his 
work an alleged scientific basis. He 
claims that it is a slight pressure 
on the cardiac artery or nerve inthe 
neck Miss Abbott doesn't pretend 
to explain why «he can resist strong 
men lifting her. She says it Is a ' 
talent or gift. 

But M*iss Abbott does not say a 
word during the -act. Therein lies 
the difference now and formerly. 
An announcer speaks briefly at the 
opening and had no trouble in get- 
ting a dozen "athletes" on the stage. 

The act is interesting. It is a 
novelty for the younger portions of 
audiences who didn't know her 
routine ten years ago. 'The Georgia 
Magnet" can go into the three a day 
shows and the better bills, also, if 
vaudeville still wants freak acts. 

I bee. 

FIELDS and GOTTLER 
Songs. 

13 Mins.; One. 
5th Ave. 

Arthur Fields and Archie Gottler 
are a piano-singing act, through 
Fields being known as a singer of 
phonograph records and Gottler as 
a song-writer. In the lobby of the 
5th Avenue stood a phonograph 
grinding ou* "America, I Love 
You," as sung by Fields for the disc. 
That song was written by Gottler. 
/ In the turn Gottler Is at the 
piano, with Fields the singer The 
latter has a lyric, more than one, 
telling about himself and partner. 
He sings a medley of the songs he 
put on the -ecords, while Gottler 
Joins with him for another medley 
of Gottler-written numbers. This 
composes o*f course quite a long Hat 
of pop songs. They are woven Into 
a lyric that gives but a snatch of 
each. 

Fields' voice, resonant and with 
enunciation, tells why he is * phon- 
ograph singer. The act however, 
ranks with others of Its kind, where 
there is a clear-voiced singer and a 
piano player. If the names of the 
couple, particularly Fields' is 
thought of 'value, that should get 
them booking, but the 6th Ave. 
ballyhoo oi the lobby -phonograph, 
like an avenue retail m'uslc store, 
will hardly do for a regular bl* time 
house. 

• Sitnc. 















KEANE and WHITE. 
Card Tricks and Piano. 
15 Mins.; Two (Special). 
23rd St. 

J. Warren Kcane, formerly ap- 
pearing single, has added Grace 
White to his act, the latter a tall 
good-looking girl of the stately 
prima donna type, who plays on a 
baby grand while Mr. Keane runs 
through a series of card tricks. 
The musical accompaniment Is 
played rhythmically, In unison with 
Mr. Keane's patter, spoken with a 
broad Southern accent. The* effect 
is that of a person reading the 
lines of a song to music. Miss 
White also solos "Old Black Joe" 
with chromatic variations. *» 

Besides the card tricks, which run 
to the customary wiping spots off 
of cards, palming, producing them 
from nowhere and everywhere, etc., 
Mr. Keane does a bit of manipula- 
tion with a silk handkerchief. He 
Is a first rate showman, character- 
izing everything he does with In- 
dividuality. Act went over at the 
23rd St. It should have no trouble 



LIND BROS. 

Ladder Balancers. r 

7 Mins.; Three. (Special Propc). 
Columbia. (Jan. 30.) 

A novel entrance la obtained, by 
one of the men appearing in over- 
als climbing a ladder and balanc- 
ing same the while he picks prop 
apples from an apple tree, the trunk 
of which conceals the other nia!« 
alnc balancing atop of a ladder, the 
ladder being concealed by long 
skirts, the latter doing a "damo." 

A comedy touch is a shimmy by 
the elongated pair, followed by 
Juggling "passing five hoops" and 
pennant waving. The last trick 
probably requires an exceptional 
sense of balance, but doesn't look 
difficult enough to capitalize prop- 
erly. 

The fish stunt Is a bridge of on* 
ladder, the ends of an L-shapea 
apparatus resting upon the shoul- 
ders of one mounted atop a ladder 
while tho other does some "Rlnley 
stunts with a lamp stand. 

It shaped up in the opening pP * 



as a fairly diverting offering 



for 



In making the early section of tho [either end of the small tin 
small big time bills, Bell. 



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Friday. Februar y 4, 1921 



NEW ACTS THIS WEEK 



23 



Into 



.-.PHANTOM- HANDS- (2). 
■ Mind Rtading and Piano Play- 

ins* yA . I% 

16 Mins.; Two. (Special). 

23rd St. ■ 

An announcer steps out 
•tone" and informs the audience he 
has discovered a pair of phantom 
hands capable of playing anything 
reouested on the piano, lie displays 
inair of Kal«e hands while deliver- 
to* the explanatory lecture. The 
stage la set with a satin drop, hav- 
m* an opening in the middle. This 
«■ backed in two by black curtains, 
grand piano being visible. On 
each side of the opening in the diop 
here is a row of red. white and blur 
lights This gives a sort of mystic 
effect, making the interior which 
holds the piano appear shrouded in 
darkness. 

Announcer .then places the pah 

of false hand" on keyboard of piano. 

*^The Illusion did not work as well 

a g j t mifiht have Monday night, as 

\he st$Ppifl.3 ot tn0 falso bands ovei 
a^ h0 «o pi the lujjnan pianist masked 
*2f hy the black curtains was no- 
ticeable,, Going down into the oi - 
ai chestra, the announcer then calls 
l for request numbers, This part or 
r tne tm:n Is unusual,' the announcer 
# Jn no visible or audible transmitting 
*signpla to tlie player, who played 

• J ome 40 or 50 pieces asked for, 

* ranging f«om the classics to pop 
.songs Q f the day. without a miss. 

Tue act immediately suggests the 

Hind reading piano turn done by 

ercedes, only that in "Phantom 

nds," the person requesting a 

^election tells it to the announcer, 

,,the request frequently being inaud- 

In the. Mercedes 



GORDON ELDRED and CO. (3). 
Comedy Sketch. 
16 Mins.; Full. 
H. O. H. 

Wife phones her la\syer to meet 
her at her milliner's, She wants a 
divorce. Lawyer arrives and is sur- 
prised by husband. Lawyer imper- 
sonates man modiste (ailing for 
comedy business frith lape measure. 

Husband is supposedly having an 
affair with a French milliner, but 
the denouement prows her a pro- 
fessional trouble adjuster who ha* 
been hired to Stimulate .wife's wan- 
ing affections. 

Small time vehicle with a capable 
cost which nay, be acceptable for 
some of the small time bills. Con. 



(2). 



■ 
at 

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_}* er 
,Har 



ibis a row away. 

act, the latter did considerable talk- 
ing himself, by way of telling the 
requester to say to the pianist. 
.♦•Please play my selection." 

As soon as the illusion is made^to 

. work a bit more mysteriously 
"Phantom Hands," through its lack 
of anything that approaches a sig- 
nal, should make a good feature 
turn. The turn was playing its sec- 
ond split week at the 23rd Street, 
the first half, and should round out 
nicely with a week or two of play- 

* lag. Bell. 



BABE LA TOUR and CO. (1). 
Songs and Talk. 
13 Mins.; One. 
American Roof. 

With a piano player Babe T.a 
Tour breezed her way along with 
five melodies and some kidding with 
her accompanist, to substantial re- 
turns while opening intermission. 

Miss La Tour's songs are all pop. 
with Fannie Brice's "Florodora" 
number being delivered with a 
change in costume that brought her 
forth in a scrubwoman's make-up. 
that, while good for a laugh on the 
first flash, seemed unnecessary in 
aiding tire lyric. The "Sextette" 
catch lines took the girl away JLo 
numerous bows. 

The boy at the piano showed 
nothing unusual on the keyboard, 
though he obliged with a short solo 
while the singer was making a 
changes- 

Miss T.a Tour looks well and 
while working a bit brusquely it 
won't detract so long as she ad- 
heres to her present routine. 



JACK DUFFY and CO. 
Comedy and Songs. 
19 Mins. One. 
Broadway. 

Jack Duffy was with Fell* Ber- 
nard, the, team disbanding several 
months ago. Sine*' then Duty has 

been mentioned to team with several 
others, finally getting together his 
own team, haying for support a girl 
and a (pi u promising boy. 

The turn is billed "Deft But Not 
Daft," and is credited to Herman 
Timberg. Jusi what portions were 
written by Timberg are not easily 
discernible, save for one or two of 
the song numbers. Duffy enters 
with the lad as a bell-hop. the latter 
seating himself on a SUltCOSe, while 
Duffy delivers a lyric about his girl 
giving bun the air. The kid huts 
in with snatches from the adver- 
tisements in a newspaper. 

Duffy then starts telling about be- 
ing with a Broadway show, but 
having been let out because his 
stories were suggestive. Before 
starting another number he has a 
bit with a supposed off-stage bunch 
of auditors and pulls forth a girl 
called Elaine from the wings. 
Blaine proves a chatter-box; there 
is an argument and the flapper says 
it is her own fault for falling in 
love With a ham. She sings "I'll 
Try to Forget You" and beats it. 
Duffy singles with "Nobody Falls 
in Love With Me," done in the mim- 
icking style he employs for his num- 
bers. 

The youngster in tux is permitted 
an inning and he made good, start- 
ing with "Mammy." which was very 
well done. He imitated Eddie Can- 
tor, also Duffy's bit with the girl 
in the wings, who appears in bare 
knees. Duffy as a Toreador joins 
the i*iir, starting a number that 
tells of his travels. Spain is men- 
tioned. Where the King's favorite 
number is "Eli Eli," and the song 
develops into a topical song, with 
the youth joining. 

A pot-pourri comedy finish sent 
Duffy and his company off to good 
returns. The act is running three 
or four minutes over time. Some 
of the missing speed can be gained 
at the finish. The act, however, 
has good comedy values and with a 
little further working out should 
take its place on the big bills. 



BERT LEVY. 

Sketching. 

10 Mins.; Full Stage (Eastl). 

5th Avenjs. 

It looks as though Bert Levy is a 
vaudeville institution. It Is over 
two years since he played vaude- 
ville over here, but back he comes 
and apparently as welcome as ever. 
Since having the twice dally Mr. 
Levy was at the New York Hippo- 
drome (two seasons), also on the 
other yUlc. 

The Berl Levy turn is much the 
same. It's his creation and so he Is 
entitled to employ It while the pub- 
lic accepts the act as a novelty. 
Whistling meanwhile he sketches on 

ins little piece or glass which re- 
flects to a screen, sketches of faces 
and animals, seriously and for 
laugh making. 

Levy's sketches of Foeh and 
Roosevelt were his applause getters. 
While his caricature touches brought 
laughter and his hjtildog a« iniration. 
Still for sketching of this character 
(stage) his girl, when completed, is 
the best, for Levy secures lines, *- 
pecially the neck, that stamp him 
as r«aliy an artist, for rapid work. 

II aving no competition in his class 
on the big time, Levy is more of a 
surety for longevity, which he has 
proven, in that branch than any of 
the others who preceded or have 
followed him. »S't>ne. 



/ bee. 



GRAHAM'S MARIONETTES. (2). 
16 Mins.; Two. (Special Set). 
H. O. H. 

Black velvet drop as a back- 
ground for picture-frame setting. 
Male and female English du6 In an 
adaption of the marionette figures 
with the. human heads above. 

The act is unusual in one or two 
spots through the male's ability to 
make the wooden figures do real 
buck darfcing, getting in the taps 
with the precision of a human. 

Open with r.n Irish double, cos- 
tumed, nicely followed by a song and 
dance double with an English com- 
edy solo ' y the man. A Scotch 
character song by the male next, 
with a peg-leg dance that gets 
laughs, foi'owed by a Scotch double 
in near costumes with bag pipes. 
the bag being balloons blown up in 
imitation of playing and burst for 
a corned y finish. 

An entertaining diversion foi thi 
■mailer bills, neatly presented. ■ 

Con. 



ARNOLD and SABEL. 
Songs and Talk. 
14 Mins.; One. 
American Roof. 

A two-man comedy 
should shape jup in any 
smaller houses. ^"Dross ■d 
With onlj the comedian wearing an 
Impromptu top piece, th ■ pair h I 

enough laughs In their conv< i 
tion. besides three songs. 

Borne cutting might bo helpful, 
especially the two or thrc< minutes 
taken up by the supposedly find 
of the dead w ife "acting." 

pair did nicely i«> \'o J. 



PEGGY CARHART. 

Viobniste. 

12 Mint.; One. 

23d St. 

rvpgy Carhart. according to the 
billing outside the 2?>& Street, was 
formerly of the Cleveland Sym- 
phony Orchestra. She has stage 
presence, carries evening dress 'at- 
tractively and is a good violinists. 
Opening with the usual classical 
selection. Miss Carhardt offers 
"Mighty Lak a Hose," effectively 
played with double stops and har- 
monics, another classical bit. "Carry 
Me Baclt to Old Virginia" and 
Swanee River, playing the latter in 
the lower register so as to give a 
'cello like effect. The rcportoire 
holds no jazz or pop music. It 
might be a good idea to use one of 
the currently popular ballads. :n 
addition to the pieces now played. 

Miss Carhart did nicely No. 2. 
She can hold that spot on her 23d 
Street showing in any of the pop 
houses. 



LOLYA ADLER and Co. (3). 
Dramatic Sketch. 
16 Mm.: Full Stage (special set). 
Falace, Chicago. 

Chicago, Feb. 2. 
Lolya Adler is the younger 
daughter of Jacob Adler^ the Yid- 
dish star, and is a cousin to Fran* 
cine Larrimore. whom she uncannily 
resembles in physical and facial 
characteristics and technique. 

That resemblance is nothing to 
bulk at on the American stage — it 
means extraordinary beauty and 
that one-in-a-million faculty — 
"class." Miss Adler has it in every 
fibre. Svelte and of romantic charms 
in features, hair, figure and eyes, 
she ideally impersonates the supe- 
rior "kept woman" she portrays. 

The atmosphere of superfine taste 
in furnishings, the surroundings of 
an amazing set of salmon-colored 
drapes, and her own alluring bou- 
doir attire, all smack of silk and 
real lace: when she speaks of her 
limousine no one challenges the 
thought. 

The story is credited to W. Town- 
send. the adaptation to Edward 
Harold Conway, and the staging to 
llolbrook Blinn. They have done 
a masterly combination of crafts- 
manship. - 

Not that "The Beautiful I.ady" is 
a great sketch; it isn't. It tells a 
story not strikingly new, tells It in 
words within keeping, but not espe- 
cially brilliant. Yet in all it makes, 
very largely because of straight 
talk and the iridescent person of 
Miss Adler, a most unusually im- 
pressive vaudeville turn of the 
".-ketch" type. At the Talace it was 
given a spell-bound hearing, and at 
the close it drew four wholesome 
curtain calls. 

There are two other women 
(Daisy Rieger and Dorothea Adams) 
both correctly cast and quite up to 
the standards of the act. 

"The Beautiful Lady"' with Miss 
Adler should encounter no hard- j 
ships in New York; Its success there 
appears certain as viewed from this 
distance. Lait - 



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of the 
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"THE COUNTRY VILLAGE." 
Animal Act. 
9 Mini.. Full. 
H. O. H. 

Monkeys and dn-s are used in 
this turn. A special set showing a 
rural scene With barns, houses, etc., 
having practical tl *s for Ihe ad- 
mission arid egress of the animals. 

The thread of the animal comedj 
fairly we.11 followed with a raid 



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on hooth>ggcrs ( the Inebriufed d.cz. 
a monkey dragging off a hutting 
goat, arid another monk stealing 
(!,<• prop fruit from the window of 
t he town groce y stor< . 

The animals are directed from 
back i -'•"• and an fce their i i ■ 
w I'll spe« d and precision It M 

ii isii irulard sn « : < ' " nimal I urn , 

!omrV mlable foi peed of n ■ n Chicago department of accountl 

1 building and purchasing. 



"PEGGY ARRIVES." 

Sketch. 

17 Mins.; One and Full. 

American Roof. 

Opening in "one" a woman In 
immigrant costume entrances to 
s*ate she has lust come over from 
the Emerald Isle and is looking for 
her nephew, who sent her the nec- 
essary coin to make the voyage. 
Enters the lad to be asked how an 
address can be found. Realizes its 
his .uint, beats her to the house. 
which sends the act to full stage, 
and there reveals his identity; that 
he's an actor and finally wins her 
over by singing Irish melodies. 

There is a woman seated at the 
piano in the house set, who ads as 
an accompanist while the youth 
warbles, aabe.'t she hi. 01 01 IWO 
lines to handle. Most •' rbu- 

versation is taken care of by the 
elderly lady getting her lir.-^t look 
.it Ami rica and the talk It mapped 
along those lines, failing to gather 
miy substantial response. 

Three songs arc of the same typ" 
dellv- d In a not unusual voice by 
the nephew. 

The act may be all right when 
playing an Irish neighboi hood, but 



BcRNARD THORNTON snd Co. (2) 
'Serving Two Masters" (Melodra- 

ma). 
18 Mins.; Full Stage (Special). 
23rd SL 

"Serving Two Masters," written 
by Ben Barm tt. is a mystery melo- 
drama, with a suggestion of trav- 
esty here and there, but in the 
main played m a serious dramatic 
vein. 

The east holds three characters. 
Bernard Thornton, who presents the 
playlet, playing the leading role, 
that of a young stock broker, Ar- 
thur B. BdwardS doing a heavy and 
Marguerite St. Clair, a "vamp." 

U ti constructed, on the "cut- 
back" principle. The entire action 
takes place on a dark stage, the 
facet and at time the whole per- 
sons of the characters being il- 
lumined by spotlighting ranging 
(com a "baby" to one of the regu- 
lation diameter. These are operated 
from the wide and front and lend 
an effective touch, which empha- 
sizes the air of mystery which is the 
keynote of the piece. The opening 
is in total (farkness, a shot break- 
ing the stillness and followed a 
second later by a man's voice phon- 
ing to the police someone has been 
killed. Mr. Thornton is seen at the 
phone explaining he will give the 
police a detailed account of the 
killing.' *' 

The action from this point "cuts- 
back" to a visualization of the cir- 
cumstances preceding the firing of 
the shot, which Mr. Thornton is 
supposedly relating to the police 
over the phone. Mr. Kd wards as 
the valet of the stock. broke- is on 
for nn exchange of dialog which 
develops the stock broker is having 
an affair with a si*en. Valet dis- 
closes he is not a servant but a 
lawyer seeking evidence for a di- 
vorce for stock broker's wife. Brok- 
er engages valet as his lawyer 
(valet crossing wife supposedly). 

Lights out and Miss St. Clair as 
vamp in scene witli Thornton. A 
second twist brings valet back, de- 
claring this time he is neither valet 
nor lawyer, but secret service man 
and siren is his assistant, the pair 
arresting the stock broker on charge 
of some crooked stock deal, In which 
siren claims to have been trimmed 
for $10,000. Broker held at bay with 
revolver, tricks supposed detectives 
by calling wife. As vaVt turns to 
look, broker grabs revolver, turns 
tables and denounces pair as couple 
of crooks masquerading as "bulls." 
One more twist which has one of 
the croOks Switching off lights to 
make get away. That's where brok«, 
er fires shot heard at opening and 
furnishes climax, broker for finish 
telling police via phone "that's how 
it happened." 

Several familiar comedy lines, 
verging on burlesque drama. If 
eliminated would take away ail 
suggestion of travesty, making 
playlet a straight dramatic affair. 
Which it should be. Mr. Edwards 
as valet - lawyer - detective - crook 
stands out because of Ids natural 
playing and authoritative handling 
of role. Mr. Thornton, while giving 
a pleasing performance, becomes a 
tritle stilted at times. Miss St. 
Clair gives the siren a dash of 
piquant charm and plays convinc- 
ingly all the way. 

A special full stage black velvet 
eye and transparent scrim drop in. 
One coupled with novelty lighting 
gives an atmosphere of scenic class. 
"Serving Two Masters" shapes as 
a novelty for the pop houses. With 
careful revision and condensation 
and if played throughout as straight 
melodrama it should easily get over 
No. 3 in the big time bills. Bell. 



FLORENCE HACKETT 

and CO. (3). 
"Look Out Inn." 
20 Mins.; Full. (Specisl Set). 
H. O. H. 

Comedy sketch, the story unfold- 
ing in a road house. An abused wife 
Is about to take the fatal leap and 
Is to meet lor lover there. Girl pal 
from college, now a female reporter, 
also at rendezvous, discovers in- 
tentions of former schoolmate. De- 
termines to save her to repay for 
kindness during college days. Con- 
nives with head waiter and when 
lover is announced, she imperson- 
ates Ins wife, proving her state- 
ments by the head waiter's corrob- 
oration. 

Hubby has been previously phoned 
to come for his wife who has a 
brain storm. After lover's arrival 
and alleged expose, his Intended 
victim demounces him and exits to 
meet hubby at the station. 

Ijover and newspaper woman 
thereupon have flirtation with for- 
mer, explaining his intentions with 
the other woman were strictly hon- 
orable and ending with an accepted 
proposal. 

The sketch maintains a fairly 
creditable degree of consistency 
until the finish. The final curtain 
spoils whatever illusion created be- 
fore. The past is capable, the wait- 
er turning in an acceptable French 
character bit with Miss Ilackctt 
also handling her share nicely as 
the interfering scribe. 

The fault lies in the playlet which 
Will tax the most flexible imagin- 
ation. Small time. Con. 



Bert Schrein has been transferred 
from the pre^s department 
I New York O. pheum 



PRINCESS MYSTERIA. 
Mind Reader. 
14 Mint.; One. 
H. O. H. 

The Princess is introduced In the 
usual "pitch" by an assistant. Both 
are garbed in Hindu or Indian at- 
tire. She is seated upon the stage 
while lie works through the house, 
using a telephone like Contrivance 
to get questions from people seated 
at a distance from him. 

The answers are usual stock re- 
mits, and come in quick succession 
to the male's verbal requests which 
indfcftte ' cueing " if "his is 
the method it is cleverly bandied. 

No coin reading or describing 
articles in the routine. At the llar- 
Icm the tUfn held unabated interest, 
and Should dupl>atc that perform- 
ance in the smaller houses. Con. 



HENRY snd MOORE. 
Song* and Musie. 
20 Mint.; Ons (Specisl). 
Fifth Ave. 

Out In "one" before a curtain that 
could hardly be called pleasing to 
the eye this team went through a 
routine that seems to hold untold 
posslbllties. Henry, the man, talked, 
played, sang and danced his way to 
most satisfactory returns In an easy 
going manner. Assisted by a girl 
whose main contribution was a 
Spanish number. A change was 
made for It and the bit could be 
done away with. . 

Mr. Henry's violin playing Is ths 
outstanding feature despite he seems 
loathe to use the string instrument, 
except in a kidding manner that 
brings forth nothing but discords, 
while the house was calling for him 
to play it straight. It is understood 
Henry requested permission from 
Ben Bernie for the use of his bits of 
the Yiddish band doing "Over There" 
and how the colored bugler would 
sound off revielle — which permission 
was refused so now he offers it as 
an imitation, mentioning Bernie's 
name Henry doesn't need either to 
get his piaying across, ns during 
the hhort spaces when lie does cut 
loose with the violin he showed 
enough to class himself as a violin- 
ist and the more he will play — minus 
the kidding — the stronger he is go- 
ing to register at the finish. 

Another instance came forth at ths 
end that seemed to have been "lift- 
ed." That was some stepping of 
Henry's announced as his concep- 
tion of a "Gimmlo" dance, which 
looked simillar to one of Pat Koo- 
ney's specialties. This lad is making 
a mistake in depending upon other 
standard acts for his material that 
can only take him so far, when lie 
possesses the ability to accomplish 
something on his own, if he'll se- 
cure a routine that smacks of origi- 
nality. If not at least a schedule 
that calls for an offering minus the 
imitations. 

As the act Is now it might stand 
some cutting with the Spanish num- 
ber the first to get the knife, while 
other instances might go in favor of 
the instrumental rendering. Other- 
wise it's a big time offering that 
will score on Henry's versatility if 
nothing else. 



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PHESAY and POWELL. 
Songs and Talk. 
10 Mina.; One. 
American Roof. 

A man are! Woman in the usual 

with the former attempting an (id 

hbbing manner which left more 

han much to be desired. The act 

is prominently shy of < •uiu'dy, while 

nf,| the trio of songs slmpb go to i 
In lengthening on! i Ij< i tunning I Ime 



LAWRENCE BROS, snd THELMA. 
Talk, Dancing and Juggling. 
13 Mins.; Full Stage. 
American (Lait Half). 

Suitable to open or watching 'em 
walk out. The brothers handle ths 
clubs while the girl makes her en- 
trance, to enrry on with a bit of so- 
called "orsidc conversation* to th* 

audience concerning the drummer 
and the leader In the pit. Ths 
monolog Is delivered in a monotone 
that grates after a while, with none 
holding anything that calls forth a 
real laugh. The girl again returns 
to step through an abbreviated 
hornpipe aV-ng' with another change 
for the finish. 

The hoys Juggle through the usual 

mot me with the reverse throwing. 

r the shoulder, employed for the 

linaie. No great distance separating 

the men when doing this bit nnd it 
might be worked up to provide the 
u t with a better ending -something 



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.VARIETY 



Friday, February 4, 1921 



WITH THE MUSIC MEN. 



The '""rosea*' vs. "Avalon" suit 
loosens ay a in the floods of lifts, 
steals, transpositions and musical 
twin resemblances with which the 
records of composition teem. It's 
on the lamented De Koven that 
(Jeorge \V. Lederer tells the one of 
ihe recherche musicale where Mary 
Garden trilling a fugitive aria was 
asked at its close: "Dc Koven's, 
isn't it?" And our Mary's purely 
mischievous reply: "Not yet!" The 
playing in court of the questioned 
hits from "Avalon" to prove Its 
derivation from "Tosca" resurrects 
the query once put to Ludwig lCng- 
1 under, and now recalled by Victor 
Herbert: "How do you write your 
music, Herr Knglander?" And Eng- 
lsnder's response: "I don't write it 
—I Just listen!" Karl Hoschna's 
"Every little movement haa a 
meaning of its own," the theme 
»ong of "Madame Sherry," and 
without which even Qtto Harbach, 
the comedy's librettist, concedes the 
piece would never have gone, is a 
< lean lift from an obscure Bo- 
hemian folk song. Composer Friml, 
asked for the original base for 
"The Lore Nest" in the question- 
naire circulated, named a Hun- 
garian folk song. 

Harry Carroll's "Chasing Rain- 
bows" is original in words, accord- 
ing to another answer In the query 
report, but in music was first com- 
posed by Chopin. The reason ths 
Whitney musical comedy. "The 
Chocolate Soldier" would not go In 
Germany was becsuee it's hero 
song, the theme of the score, was 
a i. out and out lift from a German 
source. 

Using a sister art, the drama to 
support an author's right to in- 
spiration by suggestion, "Avalon's" 
advocate in his circulated inquiry 
qaotes Shakespeare's lifts from 
(Irene and other sources, many of 
them bodily for treatment in the 
priceless Shakespeare tinctures of 
imagery and poetry, also Sheridan's 
transfer of characters and situa- 
tions from Moliere, for illumination 
by the lesser Sheridan genius bet- 
ter suited for British consumption 
at the time. 

But there were no copyright laws 
then. And, after everything's said 
and done, a lift is a lift and a pinch 
is a pinch, only when the Appellate 
Court finally so decides. 



.Tack Mills has purchased "I Lost 
My Heart To You," from the Robert 
Norton Co. It was written by Louis 
Merkun and E*d. Darls. 



Fred Fisher, Inc. has increased 
its capitalization from $9,000 to 
$100,000. 



Raymond Walker in the Irving 
Berlin Chicago branch for the last 
three months, has been transferred 
to the New York offices. 



Sara Mitniek. formerly with Rem- 
iek, is now connected with the cir- 
culation department of the New 
York Kvening Post. 



Hilly Curtis and Norman Vaust 
have been added to the writing 
staff of Hurry VonTilzer's. 



Jack Smith has joined the Broad- 
Way's professional staff. 

I. lor. i Hoffman, the soprano, has 
been added to the list of Paths 
phonograph regular contributors. 

Harry Blair, last with the Broad- 
way, and Joe Schnitzer, until re- 
cently with Berlin, have been en- 
gaged for the new exploitation de- 
partment of the E. B. Marks Co. 

Irene Lipkin, publicity manager 
for Fred Fisher, has taken over the 
direction of the Fisher band and 
orchestra department. In addition to 
her press and advertising duties. 



Nick Lang has been appointed 
manager of the Remick branch at 
Atlanta, succeeding Charlie Brad- 
ley. Bradley goes to the Remick 
Boston office. Ford Rush has left 
the Remick Frisco branch. 



.lack Mahoney, formerly staff 
writer with Feist, Harry Von Tilzer, 
etc'.; will enter the publishing busi- 
ness on his own in a couplo of 
weeks. 

(Continued on Pag£ 30.) 



NEWS OF THE DAILIES 

Continued from Page 14.) 

suit for separate maintenance ad 
divorce. She Kays the diary is that 
ot* Miss Swjtiniui). Her sisters, Bea- 
trice and Marcella, were among the 
"Florodora" revival beauties. 



Cay MacLaren, impersonator, 
made her New York debut at the 
Belmont this week. Miss MacLaren 
impersonate* characters and reads 
lines from plays she has seen, but 
never read. Her memorizing of 
lines is declared remarkable. 



William B. Cliep, a New Y <rk 
patent attorney, who is credited 
with having put Henry Ford and 
other auto manufacturers on the 
road to millions l>y Winning Fold's 
i • against the Sehlen monopoly, 
di< (1 .'.m. 28 in hi* New York home. 



The I Mb. vers Fellowship, a new 
ncto < • • >n, has bei n formed 

in New York to market new playa. 

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and let managers look them over 
instead of submitting manuscripts. 
thus letting the manager see t'.o 
goods he is asked to buy. 



A plan || under way to have the 
truffle towers on Fifth avenue re- 
placed by more artistic structures. 
The temporary towers, it is learned, 
were buiit and have been main- 
tained with fund* supplied by Dr. 
John A. Harris*, social deputy 
poiiee commissioner. 



The directors of the. Hippodrome 
holding company pave a dinner in 
honor of Charles B. Dillingham 
Dee. 29, when the 2,500th perform- 
ance of the Dillingham regime was 
celebrated. Twelve million people 
have paid to see the Hip spectacles 
Since Dillingham took it over. 






A pain in the neck has hen In- 
terpreted by an English spiritual- 
istic medium tin Ihe spirit of Cleo- 
patra. He says the Inventor of the 
Vamp play Ih still restless after 
2,000 years ol complete quiet, be- 
cause Map ■' ny Is get ting more 



applause In the other world than 
she is. 



John Drinkwater arrived in New 
York with his wife on board the 
Cedric. He will remain here sev- 
eral months, during which time he 
will aid In the rehearsals of "Mary, 
Queen of Scots." 



* Porter Kmerson Browne sailed 
for the Island of Nassau for a va- 
cation, and Bernard Gallant, busi- 
ness manager of the (Jreenwich Vil- 
lage theatre, will sail soon for Eu- 
rope. 



of New York to succeed the late 
Bishop Burch. Bishop Manning is a 
liberal-minded cleric and has been 
outspoken in opposition to the ele- 
ment which seeks to impose Blue 
Laws. 

-"Drinking permits." entitling 
holders to one quart of liquor per 
month, are provided for in the new 
liquor law of Quebec. Men who 
can't carry their likker like gentle- 
men will be denied permits. 



Irene Castle, returning from 
Miami Saturday, drew attention to 
it by filing a suit for $20,000 against 
('. Ii. Cochran of London. She al- 
leges a play-or-pay contract With 
Cochran, to be featured in "The 
League of Notions" revue in Lon- 
don. 



Theatrical Interests were pi ased 
with the < lection of Key. William T, 

.Manilla;:, terror of Trinity church, 
:is bisliop of (lip Rpiscopnl Din 



A lecture tour of Clare Sheridan, 
English sculptress, is to open at 
Aeolian Hall Feb. 9. 



Vladimir Fanke, a Russian ballet 
dancer at the Metropolitan, whose 
side line Is "walking" delegate, was 
Introduced as a defense witness in 
the trial of Robert Brindcll, alleged 
labor czar of New York, now on 
trial on charges of extortion. 



Arnold Daly has returned to the 
rule of the vagabond in "The Tav- 
ern." Daly created the role, Hut lefl 
a few weeks ago. John Meohsn. 



who Is George M. Cohan's general 
stage director, had made good in the 
role (after Brandon Tynan tried it), 
but had to leave in order to super- 
vise the Chicago opening of "The 
Tavern." 



Gus Edwards has filed suit 
against Orville Harrold, tenor, for 
$160,000, alleging breach of con- 
tract. It is believed the action 
dates back to the time when Har- 
rold was one of Kd v. aids' "prO« 
teges." 



Lydla LupokOVa, Russian ballet 
dancer, returned to New Yoi u to 
begin rehearsals for 'The Rose 
CJirl," which will be the dedicatory 
attraction at tie new Ambassador, 
New York, opening next Monday, 

Ruth Hale, wife of lleywood 
Broun, dramatic critic of ths New 
York "Tribune," has shot a hole 
through governmental red tape by 
getting a passport In her maiden 
name, thereby establishing a pr«*ee« 
d< nt that a mnrrli ii woman i s « "* 
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der which the public knows her. 
Ethel Barrymore failed when she 
tried the same thing and had to 
submit to her passport reading 
"Ethel Barrymore Colt." 

T The Appellate Division of the 
New York Supreme Court not only 
upheld a decision of Justice Cohalan 
Riant in* Mrs. Enrico Aresoni $50.- 
000 for the loss of the tenor's love, 
hut added $132.83 interest. Mrs. 
Jessie IfcMath Ulley is the loser. 



Loretta Morgan, an Indian 
irees, has been given a place in 
cast of the "Greenwich Follies." 



the 



Silverman Bros., proprietors of 
•n« Btrand, Altoona, Pa., are plan- 
|ntiK to bolld a theatre and arcade 
building there. 



n* Mr. Daniels, Secretary of ihe 
Navy, (foes not put the kibosh on 
joe plan, Lieutenants Kloor and 
"''"ii. navy bnloonists, >\ in begin 
; ' vaudeville tour at Mt. Vernon, 
♦v v.. Keb. 17. Lieutenant Farrell, 
the other memb» r of the party, will 



not go into vaudeville, but he was 
a guest of honor of the N. V. A. at 
a reception. 

Fifteen new theatres are to be 
opened in New York this year, ac- 
cording to building permit records. 



Helen Battieo, fo:.v*tsja saVgLas 
dies' Night/' will return from Eng- 
land during the coming week. 

Eric Hap worth Beverly Elllcott, 
playwright, and Anna Augusta 
Wells, an artist, were married this 
week. 



"Diffroni" has quit the "special 
matinee" class and now is a regular 
attraction, housed in the Times 

Square theatre. 

The English tour of John Mc- 

Corraac.k was cancelled, Recording 
to a letter ironi his manager, be- 
cause of the hostility prevalent 
against the tenor i»> all parts of the 
British dominions as the result of 
his becoming an American citizen. 
McCoi mack received conl Inuous in- 



sult* when In Australia, It Is de- 
clared. 



A vigorous campaign against re- 
peal of the daylight saving law in 
New York State has been started, 
the Fifth avenue association being 

at the head of It. , 

. 

March 14 has been net as the date 
for the retrial of "Nickey" Arnstein, 
husband of Fannie Brice, in connec- 
tion with the charges of being impli- 
eated in 15,000,000 Liberty bond 
thefts. 

A "radiophone concert," by which 
music was transmitted from Brook- 
lyn to the Marine Show at Grand 
Central Palace, was introduced for 
the first time in NeW York this 
w '"k. 



The manager of the Colonial. 
Newport, R, I., lias caused a fight 
there by an alleged aspersion on 
the United States Navy. A sailor 
was said to have thrown a penny 
at a u<»rn. in p< i former, and the 
manager, in an address '<» tin- audi- 
otiee, i« p Mi'l '•> lia\ •• ijsed the words 



"ladles, gentlemen and men In uni- 
form." Letters denouneing the 
manager have been rent to the 
newspapers. 

Lucrczia Borl, Metropolitan so- 
prano, who was forced to retire sev- 
eral seasons ago when her voice 
failed, was given an ovation when 
she "cjme back' Friday night in 
La Boheme* 



Adolph Klauber will stir Charles 
(Jilpin, negro actor, In "The Km- 
peror Jones." When it op ned at 
the Princess, Gilpin's name was put. 
up in lights. 

Zlcgfeld's "Garden Frolic" opens 

at lie Arn inl.ini Koof Feb. S. 



The return «>f Ruth Draper to New 
^ < » r J: v.:is flgnah 1 by ;i special per- 
formance, in which she pretH nle«| six 
■ i\. ; hea in ■ ne • « 1 1 • rno m 

The \'<>- er AdN eri i- Ing < '<> 
t he I'n-it't' Aih i«ij. 

; i 1 j 1 1 • ■ . I M I • i ! . ' !.:..«■ 1 

I een Itidh ted In < h aro I : <-i • 

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violating the Sherman Anti-Trust 
law. it is alleged tliey used coer- 
cion to compel billboard advertising. 



Al Jolson opened this week at 
Providence in "SInbad." 



George M. Cohan has begun the 
selection of a cast for a new play by 
Gus Thomas. 



"Tickle Me" Is in its last P 
weeks at the Selwyn and "Honey- 
dew" Is plated to finish at the Casino 
Feb. 19. 



Notice of dissolution of the Vie 
Amusement Co., Manhattan, 
been filed at Albany. 



Mark Lueseher. manager of ike 
Hippodrome, is to build in the Bronx 
the Thomas Auditorium, devoted le> 
music. 



A special "blue law" designed to 
prohibit commercialized sport* Me- 
morial Day, was defeated in Indiana. 



A. J. Gill, assistant manager of 
Proctor's, Troy, New York, has been 
promoted to the managership er 
Proctor's 8cheu©ctady. 



Lord Dunsany, Irish playwrli 
was twice arrested In his castle 1 
week, suspected of having firearms 
for use of Sinn Felners. He has 
been hidden away. 



Welles Hawkes. Ill In a Washing* 
ton, D. C, hospital, suffering freSt 
Inflammatory rheumatism, is report- 
ed recovered. 



The Club Maurice, Broadway's 
newest dancing-dining place, was 
opened during the week, with Grace 
Field director. 



A San Francisco court, has ordered 
a woman to wear tie.OeO in pearls 
30 days in each year. The pearls, 
inherited, are said to be losing their 
valub through non-use, and the 
court order was based on a demand 
that they be kept 4 %live." 



Justice Ford refused a motion for 
$75 a week alimony and $750 counsel 
fees filed by Eileen Wilson, of "The 
Lady of the Lamp." against her 
husband, William H. Powell, of 
"Spanish Love." She Is suing for 
separation and alleges non- support. 
Powell denies her charges. 

Frikn Moridi, 1«, a Viennese girt 
who ha-, toured Europe in concert, 
created a sensation with her violin 
playing at a concert in Carnegie 
Hall. This was her American 
debut. 



Elsie De Wolfe has sold her home* 
at 123 East GCth street to Baron de 
Mayer. 



Deborah Beirne's Irish Players) 
have post p ( . ned the opening of thsur 
season at the t>Jd street theatre to 
Feb. ». 



Marc Klaw has bee* commis- 
sioned a colonel on the staff of 
Governor Morrow of Kentueky in 
recognition of the success of this 
son of the Blue Grass State. 



'•Hollo's Wild Oa 4 " has been se- 
lected as one of the four plays to be 
given for charity during the year 
by tbo Anglo-Saxon Club of Singa- 
pore. It is the first time the club 
has present ud an American work. 

Flo Ziegfeld • nuounces that his 
first roof show will continue to be 
known as the "9 o'clock Frolic." 
It will open Feb. 8. and the new 
"Midnight Frolic" a week later. 



Morris Cest has filed suit in Chi- 
cago for $5,000,000 damages against 
Henry Ford and his newspaper, the 
"Dearborn Independent." The suit 
is the result of an alleged article in 
which, Gest charges. Ford's paper 
slandered himself, his productions 
of "Mecca" and "Aphrodite" and 
the Jewish race. 



"El Capitan" is being revived at 
the Academy of Music by the Phila- 
delphia Operatic Society, with John 
Philip Sousa, its composer, super- 
vising. 



A man In Jefferson Market Court 
testified that liquor he purchased 
In Greenwich Village burned him 
inside and out. His hat was on 
fire when he was arrested. 



Millard Deming, for many years 
in charge of the Van Curler, 
Schenectady, has taken over the 
Hudson of that city and trans- 
formed it into a legit house. 



The daughter of John "Romeo" 
Hill, an old-time actor, is being 
sought by Z. T. Whitten, of San 
Franciso. >.42«R.le of the girl.. IPr 
mother, who appeared at Wallack's 
years ago, was known as BUS Vir- 
ginia Burns. 



While the dry agents in Wash- 
ington are seeking to make it un- 
lawful for a man even to take a 
drink, the New Jersey Legislature 
again refused to ratify the prohibi- 
t ion irn< ndno-nt. 



Judge r.< :i P. Llrtdsey, the. Den- 
ver Juvenile Coin Jmlg^. lost lii* 
appeal to the I n :< <| states Si- 
:• • j I it from a decision hold- 
him Iri contempt of court for 
• inq to dl . ulgs Information 
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VARIETY 



Friday, February 4, 1921 



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BILLS NEXT WEEK (Feb. 7) 



in vaudeville: TIIKATRES 
for the week w.th Monday matinee, when not otherwise 

are grouped in divisions, according to the booking office* they 

does not denote the relative 

aftei 



(All he uses open 

Indii'Sied. ) 

The b it-« below 
%rs supplied from. 

The manner In which these bills sre printed 
Imp • of acts nor their program positions. 

• Before name indicates ac? Is now dome new turn, or reappearing 
absence fi >m vaudeville, or appearing in city wbers listed for the tlr.it tuns. 



B. F. KEITH 

Palace Thru! re Building, New York City 
NEW YORK CITY Nlng Toy 



Keith* l'n lace 
•Bushman A Payne 
Low i locksl sder 
Dug.v.\ A Raymond 
Svbil Vane 
•Sammy i.ee Co 

Dooley A Story 
•KUa Shi. Ids 
Bostocks Behool 
Choy Ling Ilea Tr 

Keiths Riverside 
Raymond Wllbert 

Sheldon & Daly 
Ceo M Rosener 
DemarrBt A Collett 
•Tor Pity's Sake" 
Wm Ebs Co 
W ft Q pooler lies 
Qlrard Bros 

Keith's Royal 

Musical MeSarens 
Millard A Msrlin 
Sam Lleb-rt Co 



Morton A ciaxs 

(Others to fill) 

2d half 
ri.,r. i.. o. II... 
Donaldson A Van 
Richard Keaaa 
Dodv A Herman 
"Country VtllarV 1 
(Others to fill) 

BROOKLYN 

Keith's Bushwirk 

Morgnn A.- Cray 
Clayton A Edwards 
Gertrude lloflman 
Laddie Cliff 
Lohs.o A Stirling 
(Others to fill) 

Keith's Orohenm 
Young A April 
Boudini ft Bernard 
Davis A Darren 

Dolly Kay 

"Bubbles'* 



JIM DONOVAN ass MARIE LEE 
ss«» — DOING WELL. THANK YOU 



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Innls Bros 
Eva Shirley C« 
Polly & Oz 
Bobby McLean Ca 
Ruth Roye 
Osborne i 

Keith's Colonial 

Margaret Taylor 
Russell A Devitt 
Bert Levy 
Harry Curroll Rer 
Margaret Young 
Ben Bernio 
(Three to fill) 

Keith's Alhambra 
Bameted & Marioa 
Edwin George 
Nat Nazarro Co 
Hilton & Norton 
•M Taliaferro Co 
Jack Inglis 
Vrisco 

Gallsgher * Roily 
(One to fill) 

Keith's Hist St, 

Maxlne Bros A B 

Jed Dooley 

W J Ward ft Girls 

Great Lester 

Mr & Mr* J Barry 

Creole Fash I'late 

Moss' Broadway 

Samoyoa 

M Llppard Co 

Llbonati 
Eddie, Poy To 
J A B Morgan 
Kramer A- Boylo 
Mom' (olUi-iim 
Heath * Boerling 
Burt A Rosedalo 
Marie Nordstrom 
(Others to till) 

2d half 
Eleanor Pierce To 
Bobby 1 1 n -haw 

•i a j Kaufman 
Jack Conway Co 

(Two to li'l i 

Keith's Hamilton 
Madam" n< rman 
Bartram A ,s;iv:on 
Rice at Ward 
Juliet 

Boss II A Pari -r 
Pearl R. gay Co 
Leo Carillo 
(Three to fill) 

Keith's .IcflVrson 

' i RSO III st w < t»k » 

Jas J Morton 
The Weluons 
Bernard A Garry 
The Mar li \ u 
Burns it ITra bib* 
To to 

Bowers W'lters a c 
lius Eds ards R4 v 
iVnn to Hll ) 

Moss' ici-ltiii 
Bobby II li-.'iaw 
Jack Conwaj Co 
•Hughes A Kerrott 
Eleanor I*. r. ■ co 

(Two t.» nil 1 

•m half 
Ryan A Rronsoa 
Burt a Roesdaja 
Bobby Heal h «'o 

(Others to nil) 
Keith's If. O. II 

Man * I •.'. • »f Girls 
Ai Jennings 
•Harry Whfiolrdgs 
(Other* lo fill) 

2d half 
•Do Varo A S 
Lucy liru h 
(Others to fill) 



Jack Osterman 
Ona Muns'in Co 
Van Hoven 
Swan's Ar.imnls 

Moss' Flat bush 

Clinton Sis 
Mamaux A Rul« 
Senator F Murphy 
Kva Tanguay 
(Two to fill) 

Keith's Greenpoint 
Arena Bros 
M A A Clark 
(Others to fill) 

2d half 
•Jessie Franks 
Bob La Salle Co 
(Others to fill) 

ALBANY 

Prortor'g 

Frank Wilson 
Taylor Howard A T 
Fred Elliott 
Nat Nazarro Jr Co 
The Lelghtons 
Bensee A Baird 
Asahi Troupe 
2dhalf 
Kara 

Fisher A Giimoro 
Leila Shaw Co 
Avey A O Nell 
Chung Hwa 4 
(Two to fill) 

ALLENTOWN, PA. 

Orpheum 
Major Js.ck Allen 
Thymod Quintet 
Dunbar & Tinner 
"Night Line" 
(One to fill) 

2d half 
Alice. Walker 
Brooks a Pniteon 
Master Gabriel Co 
b A j Crelghton 
Yip Yip Y'pnankers 

ALTOONA, PA. 

Orphenm 

Norton A MHnofte 
Anderson A (• raves 
Clinton A Roone.y 
(Two to fill) 
2d half 
Tony A George 
Seymour A Je'netts 
Wayne M'&hall ft C 
Peggy Brooks 
"Not Yet Maris" 

ATLANTA 

Lyric 

(Birmingham sp'in 

1st half 
Rayolltes 
Clad Moffat Co 
Tom Broa n t'o 
Rer,i ft Clifton 
Herberts Dcesoa 

Al III KN 

Jeff* rson 
Joe Bennett 
Billy Miller r 9 
Chung Hwa < 
(Two to till) 

2d half 
Reddlngton A G'nt 
Shapiro A Jordan 
Fur man a Nash 
Cavanaugh a ■ 
(One to till) 

AtGI STA 

Grand 
(llacon si'ilt) 
1st half 
Olive I»e Covt-ry 



Bt FP\I.O 

Shea's 
Davis A iviie • 

1 live Rot'i 

E ft B (oiu ad 

)•!.! n 1 Drenn 

"On Sih Avi " 
Roma & Cant 
Bobbie Cordone 

CHARLESTON 

Victory 
(Columb ■ Split) 
1st half 
McKeneis Bis 

Prank Browne «. 
Lerov & Lvttoti Co 
Bis: « 'ity 4 
Pettlt Troupe 

CHARLOTTE 

Academy 
(Greensboro Split) 

1st half 
J A B Mclntyre 

Kub. lick a Vardo 

Rush Leddy Co 

K ■ For d 

Lor :m<-r Hudson Co 

CHATTANOOGA 

Rlulto 

(Knoxvllle Hpllt) 
1st half 

Maxwell i 



Yip Yip Y'phankera 

Id half 
Major Jack Allen 

Thymod Quintet 
The Night Line 
Dunbar A- '1 uriu-r 

"'"!•■ 4 I I I I I i / 

(.KAMI KAIIDS 
Empress 

Kiut inu'.s Animals 
Boyco Combo 
r,i-o Kol|y Co 
r.nsil Lynn Co 

GRAND RATIBS 
Kay & Rudac 

\\ .liters & Waltara 
Nathan Bros 

(iRKNSHOKO, N.C. 

(irund 

(Charlotte split) 
Helen Primrose 
Urlndetl A Hsther 
Black » White Rev 
Willie Solar 
N'adolny 
HAMILTON. CAN. 

Lyric 
Lucaff A Innls 
P A L Murdork 
Mack A Earl 
lime Tltte 
Eddie Foyer 
Mary Marble Co 
A A F Stcdman 



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RAYFIELD 

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MIDNIGHT ROUNDERS 192V 

Under Our Exclusive Direction 

1493 BROADWAY Tel. BRYANT 841-84: 



Klmberly A Page 
Mildred l'arker 
Bob A Tip 
(One to fill) 

CHESTER, PA. 

Adgcment 
Sully Rogers A P 
Cunningham A B 
Archer A Belford 

wm Halten 

"Polly's I'earls" 

2d half 
Calletti's Monkeys 

Oroen a Myra 
"Indoor Bpoi la" 
LaFrancs a K'n'dy 

Bally Hoo 3 

CINCINNATI 

R. F. Keiths 
Roy Harrah 
Palo A Palet 

Nat Nazzaro 

Valeria Bergere 
Zuha A 1 »n* s 
"Podestrlanlsm" 

(One to fill) 

Keith's Palace 

Dubois 

Helen Btaplee 
Saxton A Far rail 
M A P Miller 
"Man Hunt" 
Monarch Comedy 4 
Delano £ Pike 



Jordan Girls 

II \RRIS1U RG 

Majestic 

Tory A (Jeorjce 
Seymour A J'nette 
Wayne Mshall A C 
Pe^gy Brooks 
"Not Jet Marie" 

2d half 
Norton ft MMnotU 
Ami' r :un A (Jravep 

Clinton a Roonejf 

(Two to fill) 

HAZELTON. PA. 

Feeley's 
LeClatre a s'mp'-cn 

M(in« Sparrow 
A ft L Bell 
(One to Hll) 
L'd half 
Daly Mack A D 
Soaanns Tompkins 
Cunningham ft b 
Archer A Belford 

INDIANAPOLIS 

R. F. Keith's 

Reeman & Grac* 

Wripht A Dietrich 

Merlin 

Watts A TTnwliy 

Billy Arlington 

Hyama A- Mclntyre 

v ft B Stanton 



Alice Manning 

Ethel Clifton 

A C Aator 

Henry Santrey Oe 

Weave? A Weaver 

Gillettl A Kokln 
Keith's National 
(Nashville split) 
1st half 

Vernon Co 

Adams A Thomas 

Danse Fantasies 

Wiser A Riser 

(One to fill) 

MACON 

Grand 

(Augusta split) 
1st half 
Cello 

Adele Aswald 
Haeart a Bradford 
I lurry Bnen 

Anderson* ft Vvcl 

MORI LB 

I.yrlo 

(N. Orleans split) 

1st half 
Stewart A Mercer 
Boland A De V 
Girl 1.000 Eyes 
Fulton ft Burt 
Nelson A Barrys 

MONTREAL 

Princess 

(Sunday opening) 
Homer Romalne 
Hobson A Beatty 
Hall A Shapiro 
Mrs Gene Hughes 
Sandy Shaw 
Irene Franklin 
Lydeli & Macey 
Sylvia Loyal Co 

St. Denle 
Margaret A Alvarez 
3 Avalons 
La France Bros 
Local Opera 

MT. VERNON, N.Y. 

Proctor's 

Jas C Morton Co 
El iso Schuyler Co 
(Others to fill) 

N AMI Mil. « 

Princess 
(Louisville split) 
1st half 
Kale A Indetta 
Bernard A Scar'th 
H Harrington Co 
Lew Cooper 
Sealo 

NEWARK. N. J. 

Proc tor's 

8 Rianns 

Brooks A Powers 

Mason A Keeler 

C O'Moor- 

11 A E sharrock 

NEW ORLEANS 

PaJace 

(Mobile split) 
1st half 
Curtis A Fitzgersld 
Musical Keltons 
Fred Bowers Rev 
Wlnton Bros 
(One to fill) 

NEWPORT NEWS 

Olympic 

Young & Wheelet 

Middle ton A S 
3 Falcons 



PROVIDENCE 

R. F. Albee 



Rukoma 

Pollard 

Cartmetl A Harris 

H L Mason 

Josie Heather Co 

Clccollnl 

Vera Gordon Co 

The Chadwlcks 

The* Du tt ona 

QLFBEC. CAN. 

Auditorium 

Frank Shields 
I > -la-Phone 
Dawson Sis Co 

Banders A Miliis 
Louise A Mitchell 

READING 
Mnjestie 

Baelvny Furoe 

Carney A Rose 
Farrell Taylor Co 
Will Oakland 
Ernest Evans 
# 2d half 
Trunelle Trio 

Geo Nasal Co 

Frank Bush 
Eves of Buddha 
(One to fill) 

RICHMOND 

I vrlc 

- (Norfolk split) 

1st half 
Chas Lloyd Co 
Milt Collins 
Mile Rhva Co 
(Two to fill) 

ROANORB 

Roanoke 

Nippon 2 
Ann Sutr-r 
Sh'rock Thistle Ret) 
Keno Fable A W 
Drew A Wallaea 

Id half 
Rud Lorraine 
Monroe A May 
Swor A West brook 
Dave Ferguson Co 
Margot A Francois 

SATANNAn 

Bijou 

(Jacksonville split) 

1st half 
Max Holden 
Hamilton A Bucher 
"Yachting" 
Holllday A Wlllett* 
La Beige 2 

SCHENECTADY 

Proctor's 
A Gilbert A Ho> s 
"Ladies of Jury" 
Norwood A Hall 
"" A K O'Meara 
(One to fill) 

2.1 half 
Bill Oe'evleve A W 
Clauds Gold* n 
Thos K S-nea Co 

Will Ifahoaey 

Kilties Band 

SHAMOKIN. PA. 

Grand O. 11. 

Suzanne Tompkins 
Coogan A Casey 
Capt Betts s^ais 
(On? to t.il) 
2d half 
ilei^n Jackley 
Flagler ft Malls) 



(One to fill) 

OTICA . 

Colonial 
Aerial St Onsree 
Mack ft Btantoa 
Leila Shaw Co 
Coo m be ft No vine 
Chick Sales 
(One to fill) 

2d half 
Stevens A Br'nclle 
Chick Sales 
(Four to fill) 

WASHINGTON 

B. F. Keith's 

Karl Ermy's Tets 

St anion 1 >e'no» a p 

Swift A Kellv 
Clark A Arcarn 
Morothy Jordan 
Tigh* A Leeaum 

•ers A Kr.'i' 

YONKKRS. N. ¥. 

Praetor's 

Donald Sis 

Poll 
BRIIH.K.rORT 

Poll's 

"raxie" 

Cantwell A Walker 
Wm Kent CO 
Harry Cbopef Co 
4 Arrens 

2d half 
Reck A Recktor 
Bert Stodilard 

Tommy aid n Co 

Fields A CJottler 
Gautler's Toy Shop 
Plan* 

Onra A Partner 
Nada Norralno 
Parker A I»unn 
"The Doll House" 

2d halt 
Flying Henrys 



Roberts ft Bayne 
Mabel Burke Co 
snrrner & F'ss'm'ns 
Marxneln Sis ft ■ 

YORK. PA. 

Opera House 

Trunelle 8 
Geo Nagei Co 
Frank Bush 
Eyes of Buddha 
(One to fill) 

2d half 
Phelvcy Bros 
Carney A Rose 
larrtll Taylor Co 
Will Oakland 
Ernest Evans Co 

YOt'NGSTOWN 

Hippodrome 

Ben Smith 
Flo Roberts Co 
Lent A Mora ii 
Wood A Wyde 
l.ydla Barry 
r'ord Sis Co 
• One to fill) 

Circuit 

John T Ray Co 
Frank Mullane 
Max Ford Co 



SCRANTON, PA. 

Poll's 

(Wilkeu-B'rre split) 

1st halt 
The SllY,ae 
Chester A Allen 
Billy Lighten Co 
Ferro A Coulter 
"Melody Garden" # 

SVR'GF'LD, MASS. 

Palace 

Monroe A Grant 
Bert Stoddard 
Japanese Revue ■ 
Leigh A O' Moore 
Francis Renault 



CAMBRIDGE 

Gordon's Cent, Sg. 

Musical Hunters 
Charlie Bradley 
McOrath ft Deeds 
Louis Stone 
(One to fill) 

2d half 
Skating Hamlltona 
Charlie Bradley 
Pearson A Lewie 
Mack ft Reading 
Denny ft Barry 

FITCHRlRG 

Colonial 

Skating Hamlltona 

Rappl 

Wyatt's Lads ft L 

Bharkoy Roth a V* 

Long Tack Sam 

2d half 
Jason A Harrlgan 
Hur!.r> A Burl-e 
Lyons A Yosco 
20th Century Revue 

(••Hi* tO fill) 

HAVERHILL 

Colonial 
I). Page A Y Sis 
A 11 man A Mavo 
Jim McWilliams 
Plnki.- 
(One to fill) 

2d half 
Mason A Shaw 
Anson & Daughter 
Mellon A 1't.nn 



yVou; Booking 
On All Circuits 

ERNIE 
YOUNG 



1312 Masonic Temple 
CHICAGO 



' Iren»" 
Rome A 
H'drlcka 1 



Cullen 
Bell 1 



Co 



EDDIE VOGT 



Alton and Allan 

With ANNETTE KELI.ERMAN REVDE 

TOURING ORPHEUM CIRCUIT 



Next Week 



HEADLINING 

(Feb. 6), Majcttic. 



San Antonls 



\ \LENTINE VOX 

Or!^ ,,sinr of Singing tn Two Voices) 

Simultaneously 



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Praetor's 

1st half ("< 

F A A Pi lot 
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Bob La 



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ir*o to bin 

Pnxlor's Mth St. 
Kitamurs Jape 
•DA A McAvot 

Coni- v .v Webb 
Orlff 

•"Snaoshots" 
Bnydef S M. lino Co 
(One to HID 
ud half 
Turner ft Vaughn 
Mabel Burke Co 
.TaCi: Marl, v 

Bhriner * F'is'm'Bi 
•w nilrsine co 

(Two to till) 
Proctor's 5Gi Ave. 
De Varo A- Z 
l.iicv lirucli 
(Otherf« to fill) 

•d half 
Ar"na Bros 
Elise Schuyler 
. Hughes A Nerrett 
(Others to fill) 

' I»roetor's 23d St. 
RlOS 



Brlerle A King 
Kranz A White 
S.impson A Do'glai 
Kuban Japs 

BATON ROCGB 

Coin inhia 

(7 R) 
La mli .« Mo nlk • * 
Hal Springford 
Groen A Parker 
Rli h « r .- Li imie 
Hurls IjO Co 

BIMMINGU \M 

Lyric 

(Atlanta Spill 1 
1st half 
P rl Wheeler '*o 
Manning ft Hall 
"Night in Hawaii" 



Fra in is 
La Dora 






K • • 1 1 T 1 

Beekn 



-ly 

i.'ili 



BOSTON 
B. F. Keith's 
Rv.m A- Ryai 

.Jnixey 4 

Gordon A Ford 
Kittv Doner «'o 
1 ft Campbell 

.Tor COOlC 

Alex Bros A Eve 



CLE\ ELAND 

Hippodrome 

I.ibby Sparrow 
Margaret Ford 
<;-n Mann Co 
Btcvene A H'ltstera 
O'Donnell ft Blair 
Bckert & M.-.rie 
Corrinne Tilton Rev 
Whiting A Burt 
Hedley 3 

COLI Mill A 

Columbia 

(Charleston split) 
1st half 
Gertrude De Milt 
Kerr A Ensign 
S.bastian ft M Sia 
Bobby Van Bora 
Royal Bydneya 

COLVMBUfl 

B. F. Keith's 
Ara Bis 
Bd Morion 
Duffy A Mann 
Claudius ft Scarlet 
Wh tuple 1 1 .-ton 1 .1 

-j. i.l i f>oli 
May W*rth Co 

DATTON 

B. F. Keiths 
Mantell Co 

Mr A Mrs Nor. I 
l.uv nli -i g Big .s. N 
A Koh, ns 
Dalnt) Marls 

I.. • K ids 

Bender A ll<»rr 

EASTON, PA. 

Able O. H. 
Mice Wall 
Brooke A Phllson 
Master ': I rl< 1 < o 
B a J Crcightoa 



I'yeda Japs 

JACKSONVILLE 

Arcade 

(Savannah split) 

1st half 

Clark A Be ban 

Willing B'tly A W 
'"••Witt Burns ft T 
Spencer A Williams 
Sherwin Kelly 

JERSEY f ITT 
It. F. Lei ur« 
'Jeenle Franks 

•Morrison A Daly 
,R ft B Dean 
(Others to fill) 

2d half 
•Wllliamion A- J>ss 
Morton A- Glass 
(< »• hers to fill! 

KNOXVII.LE 

Bijon 
(Chattanooga spilt) 

1st half 
Powers A Besaon 
I . . ins A v. 1 is.. 11 

.. ■' Mill ( '.V 

Chabot A Tortlnl 

((me to fill) 

LANCASTER. PA. 

Colonial 
irien Jackley 
Cri'on A Myra 
LaFrance A K'nedy 
(One to nil) 
2d half 
Marie Russell 
< 'oogan A < 'assy 
Suily Rogers £ S 
(« >no to fill) 

LOITS\II.I.F. 

Mary Aiitlerson 
Arnold A Florence 



(Two to fill) 
2d half 
Nippon 2 
Ann Sutor 
Keno Fables ft W 
(Two to fill) 

NORFOLK 

Academy 

(Richmond split) 

1st half 
Al Pow.ll Co 
Theo Dandies 
Wedell A DeCostas 

(Two to fill) 
OTTAWA, CAN. 

Dominion 

Unusual 2 
Bront Hayes 
Demareat A Doll 
"Once I'pon Time" 
Mabel Berra 
Earl Gates «'o 
Brown A- O'Donnell 
Tho Rials 

PHILADELPHIA 
B. F. Keith's 

McRae A Clegg 

PreaslcT A Kiaisa 

Fred Lindsay 

Alexandria 

Riiss Cathedral 4 

Sylvia Clark 

Rajah 

John B Hymeff Co 

4 Readings 

t.irard 

1 Bohemians 
Burke Walsh ft N 
Vine A Temple 
Galletti's Monl.eys 
(« me to fill) 

2d half 
Rer>d A Locker 
MCCOOI A Gildcs 
(Others to fill) 

Keystone 

L a F Bcrkoff 

Creedon A 1 ».i \ ■ 
Mile Bradna Ce 
I.oney Haskell 
lack Roof Co 

Wm. Tenn 

Billy Hno X 
Lydeli A GlbaOfl 

Mi <'ool A Glide* 
(One to fill) 

2d half 
Vine A Temple 
Win Hallen 
•Polly 'a Pearls" 
(une to fill) 



I.vdell A Gibson 
(One to fill) 

SHEVNDOAH.IM 

Strand 

Aloha ft Girlie 
Flagler A Maiia 

Marie Russell 
Daly Mack A D 

Id half 
LeClalre A 8 mp«un 

Marie Sparrow 
A A L Bell 

(One to fill) 

SYBACI SB 

B. F. Keith's 

Bciiia 8 

Roiia a Royee 

I Bran?ee ft B.urd 

Frank Galls 

Laura Pierpont Co 
Wilton Sis 
Trixie Frigsnsa 

Morris t «i Campbell 

ioeepheon'a icerdrs 

Proctor's 
Reddlngton A G 
Snaplro A Jordan 

Corinne A Williams 
Claud© Gold.-n 
Fu/man A Nash 
Cavanaugh A tt 

2-1 half 
Aerial St Ongca 
Taylor Howard ft T 
Joe Bennett 
(t)thers to fiil) 

TOLEDO 

B. P. Keith's 
Hasel Moran 

Bgronees Deit 
Hughes 2 

Barry Itnlman 2 
Millar K Mark 
Bddie Leonard Co 
The Le Crohs 



HARTFORD 

Capitol 

Flying Henrys 
Frank Mansfield 
John T Ray Co 

Keegan a O'Rourke 

Max Ford Co 
2d half 
A da ma ft Chase 
One Metcalt 
Wm Kent <'.» 
je.an Oranese 
(One to fill) 

Palace 

Ruder A Dean 
Alhm A Moore 
Lambert Bros 
Wm St James Co 
George A White 
''LOva Tangle" 

2d haif 
Hurio 

Parker A Dunn 
"Profiteering" 
Leigh ft Moore 
A ft A Knk'ht 
Juvenile Rev 

NEW HAVEN 

Bijou 

Randolph A R-Msner 



2d hafl 
Burnet Sis 
Cliff Clark 
Rathburne 4 
Pinto A Boylo 
7 Honey Boys 

WATERIU RY 

Poll's 

Reck A Recktor 
Sol Brilliant 
Rathburne 4 
Jean Granese 
Juvenile Revue 

2d half 
i Arrens 
Frank Mansfield 
Morton Jewell Co 
Hurry Cooper 
Franc/is Renault 

WILK'S-IVRE, PA. 

Poll's 

(Scranton «pl!t) 
1st half 
Stanley A Wilbsrt 
Paul Decker Co 
Cliff Nazarro Co 
Hazel Green Co 
(One to fill) 

W'C ESTER. MASS. 

Poll's 

Ilurlo 
•Irene" 
AAA Knight 



ROBISON and PIERCE 

"NO MORE SALOONS" 
Direction, ERNIE YOl NO 



DONALD E. 



II A 7. BL 



ROBERTS and BOYNE 

"Tit \T 9 ALL RIGHT" 
A>k PETE MACK 



TORONTO 

. Shea'* 
Wright ft Earle 

Pink's Muli s 
f a II Brit ton 

Mme Besson Ce 
Walhn A Shirley 
Mr II UaCk 
Ball A Lambert 
Begin of World 

HipiMidruiiir 

Wood A Larsea 
(has Mai k Co 

paeans) 

Raymond Rond Co 

Carmele 3 



PITTSBI RGn 

Da via 

Lynch a x.eii^r 
Mason a cole 

Diamond A Br' nan 
Bernard A Townes 
Beth Berrl Co 
< 'arson A Willard 
Clark A Bergman 
Lillian Shaw 

c >ae to mi) 



TROY. N. Y. 

Pro* tor's 
Bill Oo'evk \e a W 
F a l Hayden 

Th >s E Shea Co 
Win Mahoney 
Kilt i.'s 1 : 1 nd 

Ed half 

A Gilbert A Boys 
Ladies of Hi* Jury 
Hens •*» * Ba'rd 
*aahl Troiue 



Adams A Chase 

Carle imi"» 
Rome A Cullen 
H'drlcka' B. lie I Co 

2d half 
Onra A Partner 
Lambert Bros 
T P Jackson Co 
Fnd Whit eh .use 
The Doll House" 

Palace 

Lucille 3 
Gene Metce'.f 
Morton Jewell Co 
Fields A Got Her 
Gautler's Toy Shop 

2d half 
The Begler Bros 
(antweii A Walter 
' Toxic" 



(One to fill) 
LYNN 

Gordon's Olysaaaa 

Hersklnd 
Denny ft Barry . 
Kltner ft Reaney 
Pearson ft Lonrtj 

2d half 
Toklo Muratl 
Fad ft Faney 
Allman A Mays 
Wyatt'a Lads ft t, 

MAM 111 > 1 KB 

Palace 
Vee ft Tully 
Kelly A Drsks 
Burks A Burks 
Craig A Iloltsworth 
"Making Movies" * 

2d half 
Cooper A I.aeey 
La'^ar A: Vale 
Lambert A Phillip* 
"Making Movies" ' 
(One to fill) 

NEW REDFORD 

Gordon's Olympks 

Drlskp A Earl 
Vinie Daly 
Van Bros 
4 Jacks A a Queea 
(One to fill) 

2d half 
Vee ft Tully 
McGr.o.th & Deeds 
Maria .Co 



HARRY J. CONLEY 

WitS NAOMI RAY 
"RICE AND OLD SHOES' 

Tail Week (Jan. 3D. EmpreM. Crsnd Rapid 
Next Week (Feb. 7). Tsmpts. Detroit. 






4 Casting Mellos 
(One to fill) 

LAWRENCE 

Empire 

Cooper A Lacey 
Martha J'ryor Co 
Lazar A Dale 
Lambert A PhUllps 
4 Casting Mcllos 

2d half 
Rube Wallmun 
Craig A Iloltsworth 
Leda McNflllan Co 
Kelly ft Drake 
Long Tack Sam 

I.EWISTON 
Music Hall 

Ryan ft Web*r 
McCloud ft Norman 
Wanda Ludlow Co 
Emma O'Nell 
Daley A Thomas 

2d half 
I ft D t arbrey 
Lorner Gins 
Manual Romaine 3 
The Plckfords 



(Two to nil) " 

NEWTOKT, R. L 
Opera Hwune 

Robert A Robert 
Hudson A Jones 
Anson A Daughter 
Frorlnl 
Mana Co 

2d halt 
Hersklnd 
Drisco A Earl 
Lucille A Cock is 
Vinle Daly 
2 J&arls 

SALEM. MASS. 

Empire 

Will A Blondy 
Lucille A Cockls 
Mellon A Renn 
Harry Jolson 
20th Century Rev 

2d half 
Clalrmont Bros 
Hudson A Jones 
DePage A Y Sis 
Jim McWilliams 
Pinkie 



CHICAGO B. F. KEITH 

Vaudeville Exchange, Chicago 

2d half 



Frank Mullane 
7 Honey Boya 
2d half 
Lucille 3 
Allen A Moors 
Japanese Revue 
Keogan A O'Rourke 
Monroe A Grant 

Plasa 

Burnet Sis 
Cliff Clark 
' Profiteering" 
Pinto A Boyle 
Tommy Allen Co 

Id half 
Rod' r A D.an 
Randolph A Kci.sner 
Carle Innes 
G.orge White 
"Love Tangle" 



RATTLE CREKK 

Bijou 
Laurel Girls 
Jada Trio 

"Brazilian Heiress" 
N'iek Hufford 
Paul Levan A M 

2d half 
Worden Bros 
Arnold A Taylor 
"Patches" 
Worth Way ton 4 
Monti A Parti 
Dancing Kennedys 

DANVILLE, ILL. 

• Palace 

Hall Ermine ft B 
Larry Comer 
3 Alex 

2d half 
Harry Ellis 
Doyle A Elaine 
Wallace Calvin 
"Rubeville" 

FIJNT. MICH. 

Palare 
Worden Bros 
Rubetown lollies 
Arnold ft Taylor 
Jeeaie MIddletoa 
Big Jim 

2d half 
Time A Tile 
Bobby Harris 
Lillian Gonns 
"Prediction" 
Jada Trio 
Pearl's Gypsies 

FT. WAYNE, IND. 

Palare 

Danc'g Humphrey! 

Steve Freda 

J Hayward Ca 

Artano 

Winter G'den Girls 

Ned Norworth Co 

Retter Bros 

HI NT'GTON, IND. 

Huntington 
Byrd A Allman 
Graves A Desm'nde 



3 Alex 
Waiman A Berry 

JACRSON. Mil II. 

Orpheum 

2d half 
Laurel Girls 
Adams A Bnrnett 
"Brazilian Helress"- 
Taber A .Green 
Jessie Middleton 

4 Aces 

KALAMAZOO 

Regent 

Roshler A Muff 
Renia A Florence 
Worth Way ton 4 
Sylvester A Vanos 
"Patches" 
(One to fill) 

LAFAYETTE, IND.. 

Family 
Weber Beck A F 
Emily Darrell 
Will Stanton 

LANSING, MICH. 

Bijou 

2d half 
Roshler A Muff 
Collins A Dunbar 
Rubetown Follies 
Sylvester A Vance 
Els.e Williams Co 

LOGANSP'T. IND. 

Colonial 

Graves A Desin'nde 
Larry Comer 
(Two to fill) 
2d hslf 
Clinton 
Joe Jenny 8 
J*»an Gibson 
Weber Berk A F 

SAGINAW, MIC* 
Jeff ras-St rand 

Time A Tile 
Adams A- Harnett 
"Prediction" 
Lillian Gonne 



BOSTON B. F. KEITH 

Vaiidexille Exchange, Boston 



BANGOR, ME. 

()p»T 1 House 
Rube Waiman 
1 orner < rirjs 
\i 1 nuej Ron n '!;•• 
The Plckfords 

(One (0 f!M) 

Zd half 
Ryan A Weber 
McCloud A Norman 
Wanda Ludlow Co 
Bmma < >'Neii 
(Une to fill) 

BOSTON 

BoNton 

The Dorans 
Ha fry White 
Burns & Wilson 
Render ft Meehan 
Mi Intosh ft Maids 



Gordon's 

(Seollay 
Sidney A 



Olympln 

S.|uare) 
Ton nley 



Travi rs A Douglas 

Matthews A M shall 

< hristie a Bennett 
1 »e\oe a statser 

Gordon's oi> mpin 
(Washington st.) 
Dave A Lillian 

M.iu.l Ryan 

Tmn McRae Co 
Bison City 4 
The Caraeronf 

I low ii rd 

'Man Oil Wagon" 
Great Howard 

It ROC ETON 

Mr it ml 
"Reekli mh Kve" 

2d half 
Robert A Robert 
4 Jacks A a Cjue. n 
K it ner A R'aney 

will ft Blondy 

(Ono to fill) 



DENTIST 

McVICRER'S THEATRE RI.DG. 

Dr. M. G. CARY 

CHICAGO 
Special Rates to the Profession. 

ORPHEUM CIRCUIT 

Palace Theatre Building. New York City 



MADELON and I'M I \ 

MILLER SISTERS 

ACT ARRANGED AND PRODt'CED 
CHANDOS SWEET 

I 1^2 Rroadway. Suite 801. Bryant & 



BY 



CHICAGO 

Majestic 

Emilia Tieiitinl 
Williams A Wolfttl 

"Lltt In I'ol l.ige" 
Ton-y ft Norman 

Margaret PaduTa 
Marino A Ma ley 
The LeVotos 
Joe Melvln 

Palace 
RantOi Hayes R'-v 

Brown A Weston 

.1 r Johnson Ce 
Donovan A Lee 
Kenny A Nobody 

Mc Barns 
Jack Jo) ce 
Bounci r's Circus 
Stntc-I-rtke 

Harry 1 "\ ce 
Rao Samui . 
The Langdoni 
Keilam a ( t'Dare 

"Fall of Bva" 
Claud.- A Ms rlon 
Jerome A Near dl 



Tuck A C 
Roode A 



1. 11 " 
Francel 



DENVER 

Orpheum 
Openl 



ng) 



(Sunday 

.1 Revels 
Dunbar's Dark lei 
rfenton A Fi< Ids 

Ames A W 1 hrop 
Tracey Jl M« Buds 
Joe Towle 
Lucy Gillette 

DES MOINF9 

Orpheum 

Kitty Oordon 

Bale a Mures) 
Twp Jeati rs 
Goslar .< 

R Per I A 

i tammins 

.lack Wil 

di 11 rii 

Orpheum 

Robbv lle.-fli 
H < I'N • •. , "'*'' 



i.usby 

Urti 
,v white 

...n 



. * J Ttll 
iJL A B»wy»r 

Aarles Irwin 

"rnrr.ll Co 
fyoonlisht" 

sjg>|| ONTON, CAM. 

Orphean* 

(T-t) 

^Calgary 1*-1«) 
v gurntt Co 
FU Uwli 
«r«r A Old Rom 
johnny Burke 
Harry Kahne 
Sic* * Newton 
Flying Mayos 

KANSAS CITY 

OrphfBm 
•m Qaxton «'o 
C»in«roo 81stsrg 
Jsck LaVler 
HoConnell Sitter* 
B A L Walton 
Herbert Clifton 
Olson * Johnson 

LINCOLN. NBB 
Orphean* 

Owen McGlveney 
Victor Moore Co 
Oscar Lorraine 
Boy * Arthur 
price A Bernle 
Anfer A Packer 



PORTLAND. OBE. 

Orpheus 
■ Brlce Co 
Ksnny A Hollls 
J C Nugent 
Oaken A DeLoar 
McLallcn A Cnrnon 
Mr A Mrs O Wild* 

SACRAMENTO 

Orphean* 

<T-I) 

(Same bill plays 
Fresno 10*11) . 
Frances Prlchard 
Conlln A Qlass 
Joe Laurie Jr 
Belblnl A Orovinl 
Oeo McFarland 
Herbert's Doge 
Jimmy Lucas Co 

ST. LOCT8 

Orpheans 

Alice Lloyd B 

Bits A Pieces 
Vsdle A Gygl 
Bobbe A Nelson 
Bob Hall • 
Babcock A Dolly 
nen Beyer 
Asaki A Takl 

KlaHo 

Nellie Nichols 
Glenn A Jenkins 
Hello Husband" 
• rinan A Shirley 



Conne A Albert 
"Straight" 
Freddie Berreas 
Bans A HArman 



1m, 

N H 



AL ESPE 



Bill Robinson 
Roy La Psarl 
Broen Family 
(Three to ajl) 
2d half 
Fulton A Russell 
Plloer A Douglas 
Oeo Yeoman 
Delmar A Kolb 
(Two to fill) 

Logan Square 
J A A Kceley 
Doyle A Elaine 
"Straight" 
Devoe A Hosford 
I Bel fords 

2d half 
B A J Gray • 
Green A Dean 
"Night Boat" 
Buddy Walton 

DAVENPORT. I A. 

/*- Columbia 
Sultan 

"Walterg Wanted" 
• 'lay Crouch 
(Three to nil) 
2d half 
York's Canines 
-'Vi-kuboii A 8 
Stratford 4 
Roy La Pearl 
Jazzology 
(One to' fill) 



Lillian's Dogs 
LOS ANGELES 

Orpheom 
Lelghtner 81s A A 
Lane A Harper 
Klrkimith Sis 
gwor Bros 
Johnson Baker A J 
Barlows 
Hackett D'lm'r Rev 

MEMPHIS 

Orpheam 

A Friedland Co 

CeDora 

B LaSalle Co 

The Brlants m 

MILWAUKEE 

Majestic 
Dresser A Gardner 
O Vanderbllt Co 
Imhoff Conn A C 
Mary Haynes 
•Tango Shoes" 
J DeKoe Tr 
Beed A Tucker 
Watstlka A U'study 

I'alace 

"Varieties of 1»21" 
Old Soldier Fld'lers 
Butler A Parker 
Pearson N'wp't A P 
Leipzig 

Monahan A Co 
Bernard A Ferris 
Lawton 

MINNF.AI'OIJH 

Orpheans 

Cressy & Dayne 



Angel A Fuller 
Willie Bros 

8T. PAUL 

Orpheam 

Ford Revue 
"Magic Glasses" 
Rse K Ball & Bro 
Murray Bennett 
Everest's Circua 
Fox A Sarno 
Moss A Frye 

SALT LAKB 

Orpheum 

E A Wellman 

Elaa Ruegger 
Clayton A Lennlo 
Wm Mandelo Co 
L'gford A Fred'lcks 
"Whitfield A Ireland 
"Artistic Treat" 

SAN FRANCISCO 

Orpheum 

(Sunday opening) 
"Step Lively" 
"Hungarian Rhap" 
C A F Usher 
Valentine A Bell 
Heile Montro^f 
Herbert Brooks 
Foley A LaTour 
Wm Scabury Co 

SEATTLE 

Orpheans 

A Kellermsn 
Tuscano Bros 
Burke A Betty 
Ramsdell A Deyo 



MARCELLA 8HIELDS 

Act Written and Produced by CHAN DOS SWEET 
14*2 Broaelway. Suite Ml Bryant ft»S« 



"Spirit Mardl Gras" 
Sabbott A Brooks 
B. A B Wheeler 

Mlrano Trio 

1 Weber Oirls 
Holmes A La Vers 

NEW ORLEANS 

Orpheam 

Singer's Midgets 

Patrlcola 

Bert Baker Co 

Powers A Wallace 

Bile Leltsel 

t Bobs 

OAKLAND 

Orpheaos 

DtWolf Girls 
P Bremen A Bra 
B Morgan Co 
Conruy A Howard 
Bobby Randall 
Big Friscoe 
Gordon's Clrcoa 

OMAnA 

Orpheans 
H Rempel Co 
Dorse's Opera 
Piatel A Johnson 
■ Clasper A Boys 
Barnes A Herman 
Prosper A Marat 
Tom Smith Co 



Janet of Francs 
F A O Walters 
Yokes A Don 

SIOUX CITT 

Orpheans 

Garclnettl Bros 
Murray Girls 
Murphy A Whit* 
Hubert Dyer Co 
2 Ladellas 
Ash A Hyams 
Forrest A Church 
Ye Song Shop 
Charles Wilson 

VANCOUVER, B.C. 

Orpheam 

"For Pity's Sake" 
Hampton A Blake 
Burke A Betty 
Moody A Duncan 
"Miniature Revue" 
A Rasch Co 
Dejmore A Lee 

WINNIPEG 

Orpheam 
A Kallz Co 
Bessie Browning 
Gene Green 
Emerson A B'ldwln 
Ray Conlln 
Page A Green 
A Latell Co 



DUBUQUE. IA. 

Majestle 

A dame Co .__ 

Sargent Bro« 
Anna Eva Fay 
Harrison D A H 
Win Sosto 
Al Espe Co 

E. ST. LOUIS, ILL. 

Erber's 
B A J Gray 
Shaw A Campbell 
C Kenna 
Potter A Hartwell 

2d half 
Reno 
Klroy Sis 
Tonie Gray Co 
Barber A Jackson 

GALESBURG, ILL. 

Orphenm 

Holllna Sis 
Rucker A Winifred 
Sig Fran/. C< 
2d half 
Holden A Herron 
(Two to nil) 

GRANITE CITY 

Washington 

Ytawson A Clare 
(One to nil) 

2d half 
Chas Kenna 
Alice Toddy 

JO LIFT, ILL. 

Orpheam 

Kennedy A Nelson 
Wheeler A Potter 
Revue De Luxe 

2d half 
Jewell A Raymond 
DeVoe A Hosford 
Staley A Blrbeck 

KENOSHA. WIS. 

Majeatle 
J A A Keeley 
••Straight" 
Ray Snow A N'nne 
Rose A Moon 
2d half 
Kennedy A Nelson 
Kingsbury A M'son 
Bailey A Porter 

MOLINK. ILL. 

Palace 

4 Harmony Kings 
Armstr'ng A Smltn 
"Night Boat" 
Jim Doherty 
"Aeroplane Girls" 
(One to fill) 
2d half 



Somaroff A Soata 
Leon Varvara 
Briscoe A Ranh 
Harrison A Dakln 
BAA Beymors 
Betty Anker I 

OTTAWA, ILL. 
Gayety 

(Sunday only) 
HslllnsBis 
Revue De Luxe 
Wheel* r A Potter 
Kennedy A Nelson 
(One to fill) 

PEORIA. ILL. 

Orpheam 

Leon Varvara 
Faber A Burnett 
8 Tucker Boys 
H A A Seymors 
Toyama Tape 
2d hair 
1 Blighty Girls 
Grey A Byron 
Valentine Vox 
S Tucker Hoys 
Billy Board 
S Melvin Bros 

QUINCY, ILL. 

Orpheum 
Holden A Herron 
(Two to fill) 
2d half 
HollJns Sis 
Rucker A Winifred 
Sig Franz Troupe 

BACINE. WIS. 

Rlullo 
Buddy Walton 
Royal Gaacoignes 
Kane A Herman 
Buch Bros 

2d half 
The Melvllles 
Jordon A Tylor 
"Flirtation" 
Oleott A Mary Ann 
Herbert Dare 

ST. LOUS ' 

Colombia 

Tescrow Cats 

Thelma 

Barber A Jackson 

Sterling A M'g'rite 

2d na'f 
Wurnelle 

Shaw A Campbell 
Rawson A Clare 
Bays A Fields 

Grand 

Aerial Tatts 



Id half 
Chief Tendcrhoo 
Bonner A Powers 
~Mlmlc World" 
(One to All) 

BROOKLYN 

MetropoUtaa 

Margaret Merlo 
W A M Rogers 
Qraser A Law lor 
(Two to fill) 
2d half 
Slegel A Irving 
Bennett A Lee 
Whlto Black A U 
Hank Brown Co 
T Brown's Rev 

Palace 

Will Korbe 
Bonner A Powers 
"Mimic World" 

2d half 
FAG DeMont 
Mallon A Case 
3 I/ces 
(Two to fill) 

Fulton 

Lot Uh.trd A Laddie 



Wllbar A Otrllo 
Rooo A Thora 
Dae A Neville 
Brady A Mahoney 
LaRelne Co 



DAYTON 

Dayton 

Mllo A Herman * 
Dnnlay A Merrill 
Cardo A Noll 
Tilyou A Rogers 
Syncopation Toyl'd 

DETROIT 

Colonial 

Florette 

Kennedy A Martin 
Evans A Sidney 
Murphy A Kline 
Yorke A Maybelle 
*"ads A Fancies 

FALL BIVKK 

Loew 
Ward A Gory 
Clifton A Kramer 
Ben Linn 

Lyndall Laurel! Co 
Julia Curtis 



AM E R ICA'8 MOST 
PROGRESSIVE MANAGER 

MERCEBFS 

WILL BOOK YOU AND HELP 

YOU MAKE GOOD. 

SUITE 515— BOMAX BUILDING, 

NEW YORK CITY 



Harris A Holler 
Downing A Bunlns 
Ralph Whitehead 
(One to fill) 
2d half 
Mllettes 

Shields A Bentley 
Howard A Martelle 
Zelaya 
Skelly A Helt Rev 

Warwick 

Chief Tenderhoo 
Cla> A Robinson 
Ted Healy 
Mercedes i 
Friend A Downing 

2d half 
Margaret A Hanley 
Patrice A Sullivan 



Gordon A Oermalr.e 

2d half 
Hip Raynnr.d 
Benson A Sterling 
Lowe Evans A 8 
Salvation Sue 
Lewis A Thornton 
Brower 3 

FBESNO. CAL. 

Hippodrome 
Young A Francis 
WAT Telaak 
Martin A Courtney 
Howard A Lewis 
"Kalsha" 

2d half 
Alvl A Kenny 
Joe Brennan 
Mr A Mrs Hill Co 



Wray's Manikins 
Gulllani t 
N Do Onsonne Co 
Jimmy Lyons 
Sellna's Circus 
MEMPHIS 
Ix>ew 
Bussc's Dogs 
Melville A Stetson 
B*OConnor Co 
Morey Senna A D 
Sherlock Sl s A C 

2.1 half 
Ralph Seabury 
FAG DeMont 
"Ix)ve Lawyer" 
Coscla A Verdi 
Junxl A Ossi 

MODESTO. CAL. ' 

Modesto 

(6-7) 
Alvlii A Kenny 
Jor Pmnnnn 
Mr A Mrs W Hill Co 
Four L'shers 
Great Nagle Co 

(11-121 
Clayton A Clayton 
(laynell A Mack 
Olive A Mack 
McCoy A Walton 
"Fountain of Y'th" 

MONTREAL 

I>oew 

Aerial Macks 
McConnell & West 
Murray Livingston 
"Money Is Money" 

NASHVILLE 

Verdomo 

Ralph Seabury 
FAG DeMont 
"Love Lawyer" 
Coscia A Verdi 
Jussi A Oasl 
2d "half 
Weston A Marlon 
Brennan A Murley 
"Let's Go" 
Craig A Catto 
Gray A Graham 

NEW ORLEANS 

Crescent 

Mr A Mrs Wiley 
Calvert A Shayne 
Ronalr A Ward 
Arthur Deagon 
Wheeler 3 

2d half 
Busse'a Dogs 
Melville A Stetson 
Bob O'Connor Co 



JEfew Cantor offices 

IRVING yAT£$. MANAGER 
managers and -Producers Ths Office of Qo »ca BoO Qlts, 

1403 BROADWAY, N. Y. C— Suite til Phone Bryant »4f 



Mason A Bailey 
McKowen A Brady 
Rasso 

Hugo Johnston 
Gllroy Dolan A C 
"District School" 
Silver Duval Co 
Ellis know Ion Co 

SIOUX CITY, IA. 
Orpheam 

Garclnettl Bros 
Murray Girls 
Hope Eden A P 
Murphy A Whits 
Hubert Dyer Co 
(One to fill) 

2d half 
Forrest A Church 

2 Ladells 
Ash A Hyams 
Prescott A Eden 
Chas Wilson 

Ys Bong Shop 

8TREATER. ILL. 

Plnmb 

(8unday only) 
Grey A Byron 
Rucker A Winifred 

3 Melvin Bros 
(Two to fill) 



MARCUS LOEW 

Putnam Building, New York City 



NEW YORK CITY 

American 



Deluncey St. 

The Milettes 



BENNY BARTON 

With Harry Weber's "Viol-Inn" 

Next Week (Feb. ?). Palace, Ft. Wayne, 

Indiana. 



WESTERN VAUDEVILLE 

State-Lako Theatre Building. CbJeaga 
ALTON, ILL. 1 Forrest A Church 



Hippodrome 



Ash A Hyams 



. RAYMOND BOND 

PrsMntins H*.t Osm Comedy Clewdr of Bugs lift 
' •TORY-BOOK •TUFF" 
Thlt Weak (Jss. 3D, Trsy sno* Rr.hsa#ctaB> 
N*xt Wsafc (Fes. 7). Bhss't Hippsdrome. Tsrsste 



Bsys A Fields 
"Silver Fountain" 

2d half 
BWling A M'g'rite 
Cah.lU A Romans 
AURORA. ILL. 

Fo» 

Murray Voelk 
Big Franz Co 
(Four to fill) 

BELLEVILUGJIX. 

Washington 

Biroy Sis 

Cabin A Romalns 

Reno 

3d half 
Thelma 
•Chiuns 

"811ver Fountain" 
BL'Ml'GTON, ILL. 

Mtjestle 
Grey & Byron 
I Melvin Bros 
(One to fill) 
3d half 
Bultan 
(Two to fill) 

CEDAB RAPIDS 

Majestle 
Jack Tralnor Co 



4 Goasirs 
Jim R > nolds 
"Jaszology" 

2d half 
J A A K>e'w 
Myrl Trlnce Girls 
II A K Sutton 
Clay Crouch 
Franklin Ardell Co 
B«%lle A Carron 

CHICAGO 

Empress 
3 Blighty Girls 
Conne A Albert 
"Rubeville" 
George Yeomen 
Hsrbert A Dars 

2d halt 
Gllleten 

Otto A Sherlden 
Homer Miles Co 
L W Gilbert Co 
6 Bedford* 

Kedxle 

Da n el n K Kenn< Jys 
South Harmony 4 
McCormack A W 
Railey A Porter 
Weber A Elliott 

2d half 
Hill A Qolr. tolls 



Oates A Flnley 

B La Bar A Boas 

Raramo 

J K McCurdy Co 

Bobby Ilenshaw Co 

Hanlon A Clifton 

(Three to fill) 

2d half 
The Newmans 
Jsrome A Albright 
J arrow 

Downing A Bunlns 
Lalng A Green 
Creole Cocktail 
Frank Srfoln! 
Lockhard A Laddie 

Victoria 

Slegel A Irving 
Fields A Burt 
B Briscoe Co 
Wm Dick 
Maxlne Dancers 

2d half 
Kanawa U»ys 
Margaret Merle 
B LaBar A Boas 
Un« A Smith 
Grazer A Lawior 

Lincoln 8q. 

Kanazaxva Boys 

Lalng A Green 

Howard A Martelle 

Zelayn 

Dance Festival 

2d half 
Skating .Macks 
Rose Valyda 
Bell A ISelgrave 
Barton A Sparling 
Maxlne Dancers 

Oreel-y Sq. 

Jerome A Albright 
Rounder of Bway 
Anthony A Arnold 
Ghormley 81s Co 
(Two to fill) 

2d half 
Harry LaToy 
G Leonard Co 
Paramo 

Lyle A Emerson 
Ward A Wilson 
Doree's Ce!ebrltieg 



Patrice A Sullivan 
Anger A Adelon 
White Black A U 
Hank Brown Co 
Russell A Hayes 

2d half 
Ghormley Sis Co 
Thomas A Elins 
Kibel A Kane 
Babe LaTour Co 
Kuma A Co 
(One to fill) 

National 
Maxon A Morris 
Babe LaTour Co 
Kibel A Kane 
Ward A Wilsosi 
Kuma Co 

2d half 
Dorothy Roys 
Rolls A Ri>yce * 
Anger A Adelon 
Dance Festival 

Orpheam 

Mankln 

Allen A Jones 
Rose Valyda 
Lyle At SroariOl 
Frank Sabmi 
T Brown's Rev 

2d half 
Maxon A Morris 
Fields A Burt 
Round- r of Rasy 
Wm Dick 
Hlte R- flow A L 

Bonlevard 

Hsrry La Toy 
Dorolhy Roye 
Jeff Healy Co 
Barton A Snarling 
Doree's Celebrities 

2d half 
Zolar A Knox 
W A M Rogers 
"Swe<-ties" 
(Ono to fill) 

Airnue B 
The I'arshkys 
Paul E.i r h» 
Fsrrls A Bello 
Skelly A Helt Re? 
Lose A Smltn 
Msrgartt A Iftr.^T 



Rawle 9 A Van K 
Ralph Whitehead 

ATLANTA 

(■rand 

Frank Hartley 
Play A Castleton 
Wm Morris Co 
Van A Vernon 
Sherman Van A H 

2d half 
The Braminos 
McKce A Day 
Cantor's Minstrels 
Mansion A Manley 
Horl A Nagaml 

RIH'RSF'D. CAL 

Hippodrome 
(6-7) 
Bell A Eva 
Barlow Banks A O 
3 Beauties 

.Berry A Nlckerson 
Mystic Hansen t 

(11-12) 
Toung A Francis 
W A I Telaak 
Martin A Courtney 
Howard A Lewis 

BALTIMORE 

Hippodrome 

Ling A Long 
Rose Garden 
BAG Parks 
Texe.s Comedy 4 
3 Walters 

BIRMINGHAM 

Bijon 
Weston A Marton 
Brennan A Murley 
"Let's Go" 
Craig A Catto 
Gray A Grahasa 

Sd half 
Frank Hartley 
Play A Castletoa 
Wm Morris Co 
Van A Vernon 
Sherman Van A H 

BOSTON 

Orpheans 

Smiletta Sis 
Benson A Sterling 
Armstrong A Joyce 
Renard A West 
Johnson Bros A 3 
Keno Keyes A M 

3d half 
Noel Lester 
Money a Mack 
Benn Lynn 
ckhnff A Gordon 
arshall A O'C 
Futuristic Rev 



CHICAGO 

. McVlcker's 
The Larconlans 
Roeber A Gold 
Marriage vs Dlv'r\je 
Annie Kent Co 
Beattle A Bloms 
(One to fill) 

CLEVELAND 

Liberty 
Shell A Vernon 
Farreii A Hatch 
F Henry Co 
Falrman A Patrick 
"Topics A Tunes" 



Four Ushers 
Great Nagle Co 

HAMILTON. CAN. 

King St. 

Kugene Bros 
Maude Allen Co 
Fisher A Hurst 
Andrew Mack 
Fisher's Circus 

HOBOKEN, N. J. 

Loew 

Grace Leonard 
Sweeties 
Imperial 4 
Flying Howards 
(One to fill) 
2d half 
Mank'in 

Rose A Lee Bell 
Mercedes 

Friend A Downing 
Hanlon A Clifton 

HOUSTON 

Prince 
Cliff Bailey '2 
Hodge A Lowell 
Burton A Shea 
McCormack A W 
Stepping Stone Rev 

2d half 
Mr A Mrs Wiley 
Calvert A Shayne 
Ronalr A Ward 
Arthur Deagon 
Wheeler 3 

HOLYOKE. MASS. 

Loew 

Louts L» o 
Zolar A Knox 
Bell A I]elgravo 
Criterion 4 
OaVa A Seals 

2d half 
Willie Karbe 
Fagg A White . 
Jack Reddy ^ 

Odlva A Seals 
(One to fill) 

KANSAS CITT 

Garden 
Williams A Daisy 
Bob White 
Pearl Abbott Co • 
Carlton A Belmont 
"Cheer Up" 

2d hslf 
The Burrells 
Geo Stanley A Sis 
Powers Marsh A D 
Frank Ward 
"Musical Queens" 

KNOXVILLE 

Loew 

The Braminos 
McKee A pay 



Morey Senna A D 
Sherloak Sis A C 

OAKLAND, CAL. 

State 

(Sunday, opening) 
Wanda A Seals 
Ethel Levey I 
Edwin Reckling Co 
Newport A Sturk 
Dance Originalities 

2d half 
Gaynell A Mack 
I'lufcr A Days 
Towns'nd Wllb'r Co 
Wells V A Wsst 
"Bower Harmony" 

OKLAHOMA CITT 

Liberty 
Slegrlst A Darrell 
Grace DeWlnters 
M Craig Co 
Royal Four 
Everett's If • «keri 

2d ba'l 
Reckless A Ar'ey 
Dorothy Doyle 
Gill A Veak 
Tom Mahoncv 
"8yncopated Feet" 

OTTAWA, CAN. 

I-oew 

Tate A Tate 

Williams A Taylor 

Elwyn's M Bsnd 

Adrian 

Dancers Supreme 



Brooks Clinton Co 
Fisher A Lloyd 
Fred's Pigs 

ST. LOUS 
Loew 

"Just Fr. ends'* 
L#* Mason Co 
Chapman A Ring 
Robert Giles 
Josie Ffynn's Mlns 

2d half 
Williams A Da>y 
Rob Whit* 
l'oarl Abbott Co 
♦ 'arlton A B-lmont 
"Cheer Up" 

SALT LAKE 

Casino 

L A fj Harvey 
Darby A Brown 
'My Dream Girl" 
A if Grant 
Johnny riark Co 

2d half 
Kramer A Patters'n 
Roothly A Evt-id'n 
DeLand A Blair 
Roach A M/Curdy 
Jonia's Hawatians 

SPR'GF'LD, MASS. 

Broadway 

Hip Raymond 
Lowe Evans A S 
"Salvation 8ue" 
Lewis A Thornton 
Brower 3 

2d half 
Gordon A Ccrmalne 
Ward A Gory 
Clifton A Kramer 
Julia Curtis 
Lyndall Laurell Co 

STOCKTON, CAL. 

Hippodrome 

Clayton A Clayton 
Gaynell A Mack 
Olive A Mack 
McCoy A Walton 
6 Melody Maids 

2d half 
Blssett A Scott 
Nora Allen Co 
Little Lord Roberts 
Ward A Raymond 
Rice A Ellmer 

TAFT. CAL. 

Hippodrome 

(6-7) 
Wray's Manikins 
Gulllani 3 
N DeOnsonnc* Co 
Jimmy Lyons 
Selina's Circus 

(11-12) 
Bell A Eva 
Barlow Hanks A G 
Three Beauties 
Berry A Nlckerson 
Mystic Hanson 3 

SAN ANTONIO 

Princes* 
Marvelous DeOnzos 
E J Moore Co 
Mack A Maybelle 
WilLing A Jordan 
B Hart A C Girls 

2d half 
Cliff Railey Duo 
Hodge A Lowell 
Burton A Shea 
M'Crmack A W'hlll 
Stepping Stone Rev 

SAN FRANCISCO 

Hippodromei 
(Sunday opening) 
Brown Dogs 
Manners A L'rence 
Eddie Heron Co 
Charles Rellly 
"Love Tanglo'» 

Casino 

(Sunday opening) 
Rondas Duo 
Harvey DeV*ra 8 
DeVoy A Dayton 
Arnold A Sabol 
"Playmates" 

TORONTO 

Loew 

Bollinger A R'nolds 
Gilbert Sisters 
Tayton A Lum 
Murray A Lane 
Fraasr A Bunco 
Wesley Johnson Co 

Uptown 
WhiMock A H'ym'n 



Chot Dody A M 
Hilly Beard 
"Rolling Along" 

EDMONTON, CAN. 

Pantnges 

Gordon A Day 
Bello Oliver 
Capps Family 
Rritt Wood 
House David Hand 

<JT. FAILS, M'NT. 

Pantages 

(H-9) 

(Same bill plays 

Helena 10) 

White Rros 
lllnkey <t May 
Pcrinain*- A S'elley 
Holera Revue 
Paul Kletst Co 
Stevers A Lbvejoy 



L'G BEACH. CAL. 

Puntugc-s 
Psul Conchas Jr 
Mabel Hlond.-ll 
Denlshawn Dancers 
Francis A Kennedy 
Rigoletto Bros 

LOS ANGELES 

Pantageo 

Wyoming Trio 

Geo A Ray Perry - 

"Stateroom 19" 



DeMlchelle Bros 

Rbeda's Elephants 

SALT LAKE 

Pantageo 
Zara Carmen I 
Irene Trevette 
Carl Rosinl Co 
LaPin* A Emery 
Naval Jasxland f 
Teddy 

SAN DIKGO ', 

Savoy 

Paul Swan 
K.A K Kuhan 
Walter Law Co 
Colvln A Wood 
"Private Property" 

SAN FRANCISCO 

Pnntaces 

(Sunday opening) 
3 Son* of J ass 
"Salvation Molly" 
Maud Earl Ct* 
The Pal* 
3 Bartons 
Douglas Dancers 

SEATTLE 

• Pantages 

"Apple, Blossoms" 
Gaudschmldts 
Sterling Sax 4 
Sampsel A Lech'd 
Tom Kelly -v 



B. HEMMENDINGEB. be. 

«wiV"« u v" DlAMONDS5 f " 0U,,T,,,t 



Ttl. 371 JsftS 41 JOHN ST. 



RIM0DELIN8 
NOO York Sit* 



Walton A Brandt 
"Putting It Over" 

MINNEAPOLIS 

Pantageo 

(8unday opening) 
Four Paldrons 
Ernest Hlatt 
LAM Hart 
The Decorators 
Temple Four 
Shaw's Circus 

OAKLAND 

Pantageo 

(Sunday opening) 
Girls of Altitude 
Dorothy Lewis 
Chase A LaTour 
Imperial Quintet 
Rowland A Meehsn 
Memce's Japs 

OGDEN, UTAH 

Pantages 

(10-12) 
Stuart A Kelley 
Chisholm A Stuart 
Ubert Carleton 
Rence Family 
"Sweet Sweeties" 
Avalon Trio 

PORTLAND. ORE. 

Pantages 

The Mclntyres 
Countess Vernon 
Claire Vincent Co 
Beck A Stone 
Norvello Bros 
Boroslnl Troupe 

REGINA, CAN. 

Pantageo 

(7«9) 
(Same bill plays 



Toriille's Circus 

SPOKANE 

Pantageo 

Paul 1'etching 
Courtney A Irwin 
Orville Stamm 
Wilkin* A Wilklns 
Earl Cavanaugh Co 

TACOMA 

Pantages 
Carter A Buddy 
Rotlna 
Otto Bros 
Provost A Goulet 

TORONTO 

Pantageo 

Csstlng Campbells 
V Burt A Steppers 
Lsletta's Bears 
Eddie Cssaldy 
"Yes My Dear" 

VANCOUVER, B.O. 

Pantages 

Rosa King 3 
Austin A Allen 
3 Violin Misses 
Primrose Minstrels • 
Zelda Stanley 
6 Petrowars 

VICTORIA, B. C. 

Pantageo 
Browning A Davis 
Bedlnl's Dogs 
Peerless 3 
Rahn A Beck 
Geo Hamid Tr 

WINNIPEG 

Pantageo 

The Rosalres 
Sammy Duncan 



DR. JULIAN SIEGEL 

Official Dentist to the N. V. A. 

1403 BROADWAY (Petssa ■ullslsi). Neo York 



Ssskstoon 19-13) 
Rose Ellis A R 
Rhelnhardt A Duff 
Wells A Bosrgs 



Hector's Dogs 
J Thomas Sexotet 
Sesman A Sloan 
Mme Zulelka Co 



MILES-PANTAGES 



CHAS. A. BIERBAUER 

Artists' Representative. 

KEITH and OHI'IIK M CIRCUITS 

Write. Wire or Call. Room 607, 

Romas Bldg.. 246 West 4 7th St., N. T. C. 



DALLAS, 

JetYemon 

Canaris A Cleo 
Howard A Hoffman 
Regal A Msek 
Trovato 

Gleesons A O'H 
2d half 



Marston A' Manley 
Hori A Nagaml 

L'O BEACH, CAL 

State 
The Forraros 
Johnny Keane 
"Overseas Revue'' 

2d half 
Robert A DeMont 
Dowltt A Robinson 
"Off Old Love" 
Al Lester Co 
Georgilas 3 

LOS ANGELES 

Hippodrome 

Robert & DeMont 
DeWltt A Robnlv.n 
"Off Old Love" 
Al lister Co 
Georgilas Trio 

2d half 



LONDON, CAN. 

Loew 

Pasquale A Powers 
Jack Polk 
Dan Holt Co 
2d half 
Ardell A Tracey 
Orben A Dixie 
Moher A Eldridge 

PITTHBIBGH 

Lyceum 
Heras A Preston 
Carlotta 8tockh!ll 
K Ridgely Co 
Fog A Mayo 
"Cabaret De Luie" 

BANGEB, TEX. 

Majestic 

(6-8) 

Reckless A Arley 
Dorothy Doyle 
Gill A Veak 
Tom Mahoney 
"Syncopated Feet" 

SACRAMENTO 

Hippodrome 
Biased A Scott 
Nora Allen Co 
Little I/ord hoberts 
Ward A Raymond 
Rice & Kilmer 

2d half 
Olllano A M'guerits 
Cordon & Delmar 



Gordon A Kinley 
4 Juvenile Kings 

2d hslf 
Hlckey A Hart 
Coleman Goetx Co 
y LaToy s Models 

WACO, TEX. 

Orphenm 

Wilbur A Girlie 
Rose A Thorn 
Dae A Neville 
Brady A Mahoney 
Fred La Rein/) Co 

2d half 
Marvelous DeOnsos 
K J Moore Co 
Mack A Maybelle 
Willing * Jordan 
Hilly Hart A Girls 

WASHINGTON . 

Strand 

Wilbur A Lyke 
DelbrldK'- A (ir'in'r 
Hart A Helene 
Bernard A Msyen 

"Nine O'clock" 

WINDSOR. CAN. 

IiOew 
Ardell A Trsrey 
Orben A Dixie 
Maker A Eldridge 

2d half 
Pasq<>ale A Pow.-rs 
Jsck 1'iLc 
Dan Holt f^o 



CLEVELAND 

Miles 
Kremke Bros 
Grace Adams 
Little Cafe 
Harris A Manlon 
Elsie La Bergers 

Grand 

Howard A Grant 
Klass A Termini 
Rigdon Dancers 
Sol Berns 
The # Three Harts 

DETROIT 

Miles 

Tyler A St Clalrs 



LITTLE R'K. <RU 

Phil Davis 
L* Mortimer Co 
Ward Bros 
Gautier s Hr kl'y'ra 

Regent 

Charles Lodegag 
Gibson A Betty 
Allen's Ch.y Mins 
Jones A Jo n s 
Gibson Girls Co 

Orpheum 

The Haas Trio 
Davis A McCoy 
Frank Stafford Co 
Lewis A I.uMn 



( 



INTERSTATE CIRCUIT 

Palace Theatre Building. Now Turk City 
DALLAS, TEX. 



Majestic 

W Hale A Bro 
M'Cormictc A Irv'g 
Dewey A Rogers 
Stanley A Blrneo 
June Klvldge 
M iv-iie A Rule 
La Graclosa 

FT. WORTH, TFX. 
Mnjestio 



"Corner Stor. " 
KflJeajHe 

Ruth. Howe%2 
Oiren A T)rew 
"Under Apple Tree" 
Rose Clare 
Redford A H .nc'tsr 

2d half 

Lenore sfom 
Gonaro A Gold 
Three Lordens 
(Two to fill) 



HOLMES and WELLS 

With Oeo. Jeosol's "Troubles of I fit" 
OKPHKl M. OMAHA, Week (FIJI. 14). 



PANTAGES CIRCUIT 

New York and Chicago Offices 



•UICK ACTION — IELIABLF 8CRVICE 

JOE MICHAELS 

1413 Broadway Bryan t 44ft Suits 301«4 
•BCrBIKG BOCTBS— My Speelalfy 



Bll'IK, MONT. 
Pantages * 

(Same bill plays 
A naconda 9 Mis- 
soula 10) 
I.ove A Wilbur 
Jessie Miller 
Oeo I- Graves On 
Mi i I a Rehn 
Quinn A <:*'■ ♦ r!y 
' September .\' 



( M *. \K\ . TAN. 
Pantages 
The Norvellos 
3 Qulllan Hoys 
Fqj <V Ray 
BvCngall 
Meyers Bu 
( ;• \ i nne Troupe 

liKM Kit 
PttntHKcs 



i i 



H 

Totart 

Story A Clsrk 

"6.000 a Year" 

l.anr. 1 Le« 

H Browne Co 

Mullen % Frances 

J A E Mitchell 

GALVEST'N. TFX. 

Majestle 

(7 9) 
(S^"ie i iii plays 

Auxtin 10-12) 
JAN Olma 

.).,.'iett. c'tiilds 

Lord Chester 
.1 f-. M Harking 
F Doboon. .Vt Sire us 
Vafs A Reed 
Chas I'- nrv"s )'• ts 

HOI STON. TKX. 

MaJ.htln 

Lord A F'"'!. r 
B< van ft Flint 

Bmm.i nrii-r ' o 

Kir ;.i- t Kfli.-'l 

A Ian Brooks Co 

ii iii sgihboni i !• 
Barb its 



Ml sKOi.l.K 
Majestic 
2d half 
D'icoi« Bros 
Meredith A Snooser 
Kosc'oo Ails * 
Marie Caspar 
Mizxan Troape 

OhIAHOMI i ITTC .' 

Dycos I>rc»s 
T P Dunn 
Shetla Terry Co 
Maife Osspsr 

Roseoe Alls 
Hihbitt R Mulls 
Lalu Itolhlal vo 

OKMI LGKE 

Orpheum 

Meredith A Snooief 
n> nry ii Toon ■ t 
l'.»rd v Cun'ghaM 
.Mizzan T* >J| •* 
i'm» to RU) 

3d ball 
nilberi a- fu .! 
T »' 1'iifin 

Sheila Tel ry c'o 
Harry \ ;i '\ l-'c^aeg 

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SHOW REVIEWS 









Friday, February 4, 1981 









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MA8TER GABRIEL and CO. 

"Kick In" (Comedy). 

16 Mint.; Full Stage (Parlor). 

Regent. 

Master Gabriel is breaking in a 
new offferinur in Harlem this week, in 
the form of a sketch. It promises 
little for the bijou comedians, be- 
ing the. poorest vehicle he has ever 
had. This is a more or less serious 
effort designed to please grown-ups. 
Gabriel is better off with his famil- 
iar antics aimed at tho amusement 
of the kiddies — such an offering as 
tho one he played with Al Lamar 
and George Ali. 

Qabriel cc-rcus lr.t«. the home of a 
rich man bearing a letter addressed 
to the master of the house. The boy 
and the old man engage in aim- 
less talk, become friendly and the 
diminutive visitor is invited to stay 
for dinner. A French house maid 
is summoned and directed to pre- 
pare the meal. This involves a lot 
of meaningless flirtation comedy, 
while the old man is looking for 
pajamas for the boy. Gabriel goes 
off to doff his street clothes and 
don the night dress, returning to 
do one fragment of a song that got 
him little. 

There is then business of eating: 



PALACE. 



There are several points of inter- 
est about the Palace show this 
week, marking as it does the return 
to vaudeville of Dorothy Jardon, 
following her plunge into grand 
opera, with the Chicago Opera Co. 
and the reappearance in America of 
Van Hoven. after playing abroad for 
the last seven years. Then there 
was the presence of three single 
women, making .rith Van Hoven 
four single turns in all on the nine 
act bill. Possibly it was Juliet's 
impersonations, Van Hoven's quips, 
Trixio Friganza's kidding or the 
general atmosphere of vaudeville 
created by a mingling of all of the 
ftbCtors -mentioned th.:.. made . the 
show reminiscent of Hanimerstein's, 
but whatever it was, there assuredly 
was ait indefinite something that 
brought back memories of the old 
"corner." 

There were no riots Tuesday 
night, no speeches, or hits culling 
for favorite elections following all 
the regular acts of any of the turns. 
The show, however, ran very 
smoothly, all of the acts except the 
opening and closing turns, "The 
Bird Cabaret" and Ernest Evans 
and Girls, respectively going very 
well while they were on, and draw- 
ing numerous bows and curtains 
when they had finished. The bill 
was rearranged four times up to 



Just before tho curtain falls the old 
man opens the letter introduced in 
the opening. It conveys to him 
the information that the bearer is 
his nephew, the son of his brother 
who recently died in Australia. The 
sketch begins nowTiere and ends 
without reaching anything definite. 
Gabriel has no place on the small 
time. His new offering limits him 
to that classification. Rush. 



Tuesday night. Monday afternoon, 
the spread, going to sleep on the Sarah p ;l<1( f en clOMe ,, the nrat talfi 

drawing-room couch, nightmare and | Monday nIffht nnd thereafter up to 

Tuesday night Miss Padden opened 
the first half. The first four sac ts 
were not effected by the general 
shifting around, running in this 
order from Monday on: "Bird Cab- 
aret," Russell and Devitt. Marmein 
Sisters and David Schooler, and 
Trixie Priganxa. 

It was in the second half that the 
greatest shifting occurred. Dorothy 
Jardon (New Acts) appearing sec- 
ond after intermission Monday 
afternoon, but after the matinee ex- 
changing places with Miss Padden. 
the latter in turn changing with 
Juliet, who after Monday held the 
second after intermission spot. Van 
Hoven was next to closing Monday 
matinee, closed the show Monday 
night, but went back to next to 
closing Tuesday matinee, holding 
that spot Tuesday night. 

The Tuesday night arrangement 
shaped up as a good one. except as 
mentioned for "The Bird Cabaret" 
opening and Evans, closing. The 
incoming house ruined any chances 
the "Bird" act might have had to 
show its wares. With the spot dll 
against it, however, the turn took 
a couple of bows. Russell and 
Devitt, a couple of dancing acrobats 
did surprisingly well second. Both 
are good ground tumblers, and cork- 
ing eccentric dancers. "Working in 
street clothes, and singing a double 
for their opening the team made a 
dandy impression at the start. They 
warmed things up in groat shape for 
I the following turn. Marmein Sis- 
ters and Schooler. The sisters have 
added several new dances nnd the 
act now has a finish and class that 
is distinctively of the big time sort. 
A cotfple Of toe dancing doubles 
landed heavily, as did a brace of 
classical piano selections by Mr. 
Schooler. Inasmuch as he plays the 



SHIELDS and BENTLEY. 
Songs, Talk and Dancing. 
16 Mins.; One. 
American (last half). 

Costumed as kids this mixed 
team carry on a dialog at the open- 
ing, generally attributed to those 
around 10 years of age. The talk 
seems to lack the necessary punch. 
The girl arbles a melody while 
her partner switches to u. "tux" in 
which he renders a ballad. The girl 
returns in an impersonation of Fay 
Bainter, then tho business by the 
youth, of attempting to teach her 
the/'shlmr r* It's the main bid. 

The act looks to be fairly well 
set in its present position of hold- 
ing down the No. 3 spot though 
some assistance might be obtained, 
in providing more speed, if some of 
the initial conversation were to re- 
ceive the knife. 

Neither showed anything in step- 
ping that might be classed as 
average, and it either should be im- 
proved upon or eliminated. 



heavier stuff so well, it Is foolish 
for him to attempt the pop music, 
which ho seems unfamiliar with, 
playing it without style and in an 
old -fashioned manner. 

Trixie Kriganza fourth showed 
considerable new material since last 
playing around. There's a song 
about a woman who has a husband, 
who Is, inclined to bo lady like. 
That's pretty broad, but deftly 
handled by Miss Friganza. A new 
sounding line of talk about French 
pastry, worked into the monolog 
concerning the people Miss Fri- 
ganza met at "the party" was bright 
and tilled with sure laughing points. 
She encored with a recitation and 
In all did a lot for the first half of 
the show. 

Juliet second after intermission 
did the same opening stuff she has 
been doing the past season, includ- 
ing the song about the different 
characters eating soup, the gabby 
girl at the show, etc Her imita- 
tions never went better, the 24 -sheet 
of the N. V. A. benefit at the Hip. 
with its list of 35 stars giving the 
audience plenty of subjects to call 
for. Pat Rooney was the only one 
Miss Juliet missed with, hut she 
more than made it up with her 
Barrymore. Cohan, Sam Bernard 
Louis Mann, Maude Adams. Mrs. 
Flake, George Arliss and several 
others. She could have done 20 
more than the odd 20 offered, had 
she cared to stretch her applause. 

Preceding Juliet, was Sarah Pad- | 
-den and Co. with the dramatio 
sketch "The Cheap Woman." Miss 
Padden scored individually, but the 
sketch lacks sharer it y, is poorly con- 
structed and Is not worthy of Miss 
Padden's ability as a character 
actress. 

Van Hoven (New Acts) next to 
closing, and Ernest Evans and Girls 
closing. Mr. Evans had a tough 
-battle with the walking house, the 
train catching contingent arising 
and clogging the aisles during the 
first live minutes of the Evans a* t. 
About the time the youthful toe 
dancer (unprogrammed) started her 
solo dance the house had quieted 
down and for the remaining three or 
four minutes the act received at- 
tention. 

Capacity Tuesday night, with the 
usual standees. UiM. 




FRANK 1ASON and CO. (2). 
Historical Character Sketch. 
12 Mine.; Full Stage. 
H. O. H. 

Frank Mason attempts a charac- 
ter study of Abraham Lincoln and 
succeeds in achieving a tiresome 
discourse of lengthy speeches in ex- 
plaining his reasons for refusing to 
pardon a deserter from the Union 
Army whose cause is being un- 
enthusiastically pleaded by_thc de- 
serter's mother 

The facial makeup wis evidently 
copied from an SM wood print, and 
isn't a eon nncfng likeness. .Mason's 
speaking voir, afso retuids *h* im 
pres3.on. his pronunciation being 
slurr d in some instances. 

A third character, a lieutenant, 
makes several »;rief app«v*-arires 
and the tu.n ends in a near -.kind 
applause ♦inish, with the former 
chief Diagtstrate signing the pris- 
oner's pardon. 

The act was probably Inspired by 
the success of ibe play "Abraham 
Lincoln." The act could be ratified. 
"Fun in the White House." Ctm. 



LIODELL and GIBSON. 
Female Impersonators. 
12 Mins.; One and Two. 
125th St. 

Dudley TJddcll and Del Gibson 
may not be well known at this time 
but judging from their perform- 
ance they should quickly nab big 
time =:pota. ■ 

Both are female Impersonators. 
There is little question about Gib- 
son's sex Identity but LMMetl win 
fool the wisest out front He me 1 • * ! 
a p eachy t*»«dctng sal. on* *tn*i 



RIVERSIDE. 

Monday night's business was a 
marked improvement over that of 
the initial night of last week. It is 
not tho easiest thing to fill up the 
orchestra floor of the Riverside, 
which perhaps accommodates more 
persons than any of the big time 
houses, the Palace excepted. The 
rear part of the floor was not equal 
to the well populated front half, but 
the weather break was not of the 
best. The presence of Gertrude 
Hoffman in the headlincr may ac- 
count for the bettered attendance. 

The hit of the show fell to Frank - 
lyn, Charles and Co. in the No. 3 
position. It is the first big time 
lap of this turn in New York. 
Reports from Baltimore recently 
forecast the success of the new trio. 
About two months ago the turn 
broke In at an Independently booked 
house in New York. It had been a 
two act known as D'Armour and 
Douglas. A girl singer was added 
and at thef time of the break-in the 
turn, reconstructed as to routine, 
shaped up as being a cinch for 
three-a-day houses. 

Since then a rew etrl who 1s 

both piano accomr^is* and pJnger 

has been replaced U ma.* have 

been that added Improver' t.» 'hat 

pushed the act fnto the big time 

division. However. It Is primarily 

comedy a- *rese>tlea> And it Is the 

work of rh* youths 'heWS^reWS thi' 

counts n,. r ,jT>«» in "ore" ♦rwy do- 

•: *hieh tp ta te W "beif 

npi i thousands in a corres- 

i...-:.: Mi « .'T>gfrq* school, and *s 



dish and tho orchestra olayine: a 
Yid tuna for a laugh. Miss Hoff- 
man's impression of Mmo. Petreva 
in "Tho Bhulenrlte" playlet worn out 
In the Impersonations whlrfh In- 
cluded Ann Pennington, Eddie Foy 
and Bessie McCoy. The Fannie 
Brice bit lined up not as strong as 
tho others. Miss Hoffman looked 
splendid and was accorded tC num- 
ber of bows, attesting bar popu- 
larity. 

In between the two acts young 
Jack Oste .tan, who seems to have 
played more vaudeville in the West 
than around these parts, drew 
down a hit. He mentioned having 
a. lot of friends here an! a flock of 
dinners booked up, when the move- 
ment of a. curtain behind the drop 
attracted his attention. Quite some 
of the family friends were present 
Monday. They were not the only 
c*ee who appreciated Ostennan. 
The youth has a world of snap and 
confidence and he gets his stuff 
over for all that it is worth. Oster- 
man is having some new material 
written. That he can stand. At 
present he lines up as one of the 
most promising of the young 
singles in vaudeville and it was a 
good idea for him to gate musical 
comedy for the twq-a-day. 

Laddie Cliff was moved down to 
next to closing from No. % after 
the matinee, and that is the spot he 
belonged in. The classy little en- 
tertainer was not a big smash, but 
he delivered as always. Something 
more is necessary. Cliff has but 
ten minutes, the same running time 
as at the Palace recently.. and the 
routine is the same. The toreador 
song was dropped after the first 
matinee at the Palace and Cliff 
has probably not been able to get a 
substitute to his likin*. 

Jane and Krwin V. Connelly. In 
the seasons' defying "Tale of a 
Shirt," were planted No. 7 and held 
the house for everv moment. It's 
the pathos of the little play and the 
cleverness of the plating that 
makes It still of considerable value 
and wears its war angle without 
injury. 

Dolly Kay, programed eighth, was 
shifted to open intermission. Miss 
Kay's present routine Isn't as 
good as last season's and her score 
was under the old mark. She 
opened well with "You're M Used- 
to-bo Now," but the run of the 
numbers was more to curious lyrics 
rather than catchy melodies. 

Oene Mason and Fay Cole were 
a lively second, running off to hip 
applause after their dancing. The 
song try of Mason's early in the 
act sounded distinctly off. Either 
another song should be secured or 
the present one set to another key. 
for he strains to make the top notes. 
The dancing of Miss Cole was 
something of a surprise and the 
fast work of the close turned the 
I pplause trick. This act i. carry- 
ing a novel'. y n curtains. 

The first and last turns ex- 
changed positions xliere is a good 
reason for placing Sams ted and 
Marion to open. The story feature 
of this acrobatic turn could hardly 
hold the house at the close. The 
turn is Interesting, but is made a 
bit too long because of the "dream" 
feature. James Evfins and Louis 
Perez, with a clever perch act, 
closed. When the final perch 
stunt, started, foot balance..- over 
the footlights, two rows of the re- 
maining patrons got up in a body 
and moved hack. But they re- 
mained to have a look. Ibce. 



COLONIAL. 



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WALTER NEWMAN end 

CO. (2). 
Comedy Sketch. ea 

17 Mins.; Full. 
H. O. H. 

Newman does a "grouch" charac- 
ter, and the cast Includes a "tough" 
stcnog.* and the Ingenue who I. as 
come to teach the grouchy rich 
business man how to spend his 
money — for $20,000 a year salary. 

She turns out to be his long lost 
daughter by a wife subsequently 
divorced, and then by another twist 
after Newman has agreed to her 
terms, she is his brother's child, 

Tho remarks and carriages of the 
ehort-skirted stcnog. and Newman's 
testy observations about women and 
things in general got laughs, but 
tho act degenerates into broad farce 
through Inconsistencies of plot and 
limitations of tho cast. 

The vehicle larks cohesion nnd 
originality for the bigger bills, but. 
-should be all right for the pop 
houses, Con. 



stands inspection on £y h*» 'Hm {;' / .,;; ^ - % - fl fhey%| bri 

ankles an a speaking ^o..-» that Janre A «, lng | e acrobatic stepping 

sounds girlish re s degree Physical* number gave way to full stage, with 

ly tiie only ttp-eff »* the line of tho t j ie „\ r \ playing piano while the 

tendons in, the forearms and »ven othT hoy started something with a 



that is sllg'it As to voice Ltddel! 
shows a contralto and it is a ntt'o 
wealt but he has sorrtP strong btgtl 
notes that puzzle those who think 
they have him tabbed. 

Oibson Is perhaps six feet fall and 
Is built like a s.ring bean. On his 
first entrance he »b dressed In * 
manner sucj;esUve of Borl Savoy 
and repeats .ine.< * :a Savoy The 
chatter is brief. Gibson out In a 
rigging of material that Is made to 
fit s'cin tight looked like an awn- 
ing." No one knew what ne was 
singing about for tho house was 
laughing at the 'lady's" antics ail 
the way. 

For the finale a second tableaux 
curtain is displayed, fashioned from 
rich yellow silk with black panels 
tn the side. Through the curtain 
Llddi 11 in a creation mostly of beads 
and gold cloth reappears with a 
number that brings Gibson out In a 
get-up that displays a good" £eal of 
bare skin. 

Thcro was little surprise when 
Gibson doffed his Wig but when Lid- 
dell removed his head dress and 



routine of variated Rurslan .«t»s 
While the principals were ehang 
ing for a tough Apache tfa gir) 
flashed a clear toned voice thai 
twic^ stood her In good stead with 
semi-classical numbers. The 
Apsche was a winner, the "dame" 
falls bringing heart/ laughter and 
tho number winning solid applause 
The acroba'tlc section came soon 
afterwards, the men then app< u.rlng 
in black silken tights. There were 
several trick stunts with sudden 
drops by the top-mounter. They ex- 
ited with a Rath brothers throw. 
Applause was Insistent and the boys 
encored twice, both times doing 
feats worked out on their own. The 
success of the turn, especially fol- 
lowing an acrobatic act opening the 
show, leaves do doubt about the 
class of tho act and its ability to 
take a spot. The comedy "interpo- 
lations" and the twist to clever ac- 
robatics has lifted Franklyn anl 
Charles upward in the rating with 
almost one bound. 

Oertrudo Hoffman's act Is her one 
person revue of last season start- 
ing with tho peacock number and 
Dualling with her drum stunt 
trip to Coney Island." Max Hoff- 
man swinging the fender*! baton 



wig, the genuine recalling applause £ot the utmost from the orchestra. 



showed plainly the hoflse was com 
pletely fooled. The men Jsed their 
first names In the billing. To main- 
tain the Illusion as to Lfddoll par- 
ticularly they should used the plain 
billing without the first names. 

Ibce. 



which held several additional 
musicians during Miss Hoffman's 
revue, and the music drew ap- 
plause on its own at one part. Dur- 
ing a change tho "sing" slides were 
used as last season. "Over There," 
by Cohan, was flashed, followed by 
tho chorus being inscribed in S 



This Is "patron's request week" at 
the Colonial, most of the sets sup- 
nn«*»d to hare been selected by the 
pitmrts as a result of a recent vot- 
>ng contest. 

One or two sneaked In unsoli- 
cited, owing to booking difficulties, 
end sn added starter. Dugan and 
Raymond, who replaced Sammy Lee 
and Girls Tuesday night, were 
among the request acta* Lee was 
off the bill after injuring his knee. 

Karyl Norman, a return engage- 
ment. tn» the headliner in the seer 
ond after Intermission spot of the 
nirv -;.«•! bill It Included James J. 
Morton, who did the introductions, 
and bewailed the arid condition *f 
the country on all and sundry oc- 
casions. 

Th*» Creole Pnshlon Plate went 
strongly, but was not as riotously 
accl.i rned as is uatat'J at this house, 
which may have been blamed on the 
^pot. the Impersonator following a 
comedy riot in Davit and Darnell, 
who proceeded him. 

Kramer and Boyle followed and 
had no trouble registering. They 
are favorites at the Colonial and 
whanged over a sure-fire comedy 
Impression with their racial nnd 
modern blaek-jacp .and . straight i 
routine, Kramer docs blackface : 
and "Yiddish." making it a fifty- 
fifty split between each, and with 
Boyle taking care of the Irish vote 
they can't miss. 

Bu7.zell and Parker spilt the first i 
half comedy honors. They were i 
fourth with their former vaudev.in 
Specialty, Miss Parker flashing « 
couple of new dresses that showed 
off her blonde beauty to perfetion. 
DnsxeU, Is a light comedian of 
promise. The act contains numer- 
ous novel touches as the Vlctrola 
wedding with the record uniting the 
couple, and the pretty drop with 
practical door that is as snappy as 
the bright dialogue. A clover double 
dance followed the talk and vocal 
impressions and brought them back 
for th^ Inevitable speech. 

The Pan McHugh entry, Alexan- 



dria, fooled half the house with his 
comedy opening, when he gums up 
everything he touches before re- 
vealing himself as th# xylophone 
player, and not a clumsy stage hand 
as supposed. The first impression 
passes and though the musician 
works hard to keep the comedy at 
the high pitch he doesn't quite make 
it, and should go to the instrument 
more quickly. He la • a thorough 
musician and has a real novelty, 
which could be prevented from sag- 
ging. In the middle by not trying to 
tax the credulity of an audience be- 
yond reasonable limits. Xylo play- 
ing at the finish closed a corking 
novelty musical turn. 

Another novelty in the first half 
of the bill were Chung Hwa Four, a 
Chinese quailwl playing around for 
a long time, but just recently reach- 
ing the bigger bills. If this act was 
requested through a voting contest, 
their seems no reason why business 
at the Colonial should cause any 
concern in the booking office. The 
quartet is a novelty in so far as it 
is comprised of four Orientals, and 
holds a typical small time appeal in 
the Scotch finish with one of the 
members revealing Intimate female 
apparel under his kilts, when they 
whirl in a Scotch (brnce. The en- 
semble vocalizing passes, but the in- 
dividual voices won't stand careful 
dtsaoction. They did nobly, how- 
ever, in the third hole. 

The Misses Dennis opened after 
intermission and explained in their 
opening number that they were jazs- 
less. The girls were a welcome dish 
to the jazz jaded palates of the reg- 
ulars, with their refreshing per- 
sonalties and excellent song reper- 
toire. All throe of the girls possess 
sweet singing voices. 

Olie Young And April In their di- 
verting novelty, "Bubbleland." open- 
ed, and Kary and Kary in their 
hoop contortions closed to a handful. 

The request bill and Norman wero 
credited with a near capacity house 
that showed but few vacancies on 
the upper shelves Tuesday night. 

Con. 



FIFTH AVENUE 

A lavish amount of dancing 
Spread itself through the bill at 
28th street this week, with two of 
the final three acts being special- 
ists at that sort of entertainment. 
Bradley and Ardlne. who held the 
No. 6 position, made it extremely 
difficult for Winnlfred Qilrainc and 
Co., closing through only having 
Milt Collins and - his monolog 
spaced in between. 

It looked liko poor judgment on 
some one's part to place two such 
turns within an eight act running 
order and not to speak of the fact 
that they so were so near each 
other. The result bordered on an 
almost general stampede for tho 
exits with the first flash of the final 
stanza. This is unfair to BfftM Gil-* 
raine and her aides. Incidentally, 
it- might be stated that this young 
lady worked exceedingly hard in a 
position that would have Justified 
an attitude of carelessness and went 
through a routine of six numbers 
with her company of five in 13 
minutes, 

Henry and Moore (New Acts), on 
third, supplied the initial amount 
of excitement, being preceded by 
Lynch and Zeilar with their tossing 
of hats, whose particular outstand- 
ing point of interest was the re- 
markable resemblance to the man- 
ager of the "Flat bush Oyster"-H>ur 
one and only Harry "Brocco" Knnis. 

In turn came Carllta and Lewis 
(New Acts) with songs; then Wil- 
fred Clark. No. 4, with the revival 
of one of his oldest sketches that 
appeared to have a new character 
inserted, Mr. Clark knows, beyond 
a doubt, all comedy values that the 
act possesses, and pe made the 
most of them. The comedy took 
the playlet away nicely at tho finish. 
The supporting company proved 
adequate for the purpose ond 
worked the situations up suitably. 
Clark, on hand to top It off, showed 
the vehicle still la capable of making 
'era laugh despite the number of 
years it has been before the lights. 

Jed Dooley and his company of 
one, a girl who says not a word the 
entire time .she Is on. and doesn't 
have to because of her appearance, 
which l* decidedly "forte," brought 
forth a comedy vehicle that was 
bright a:i the way in so far as his 
monolog Went, but Is certainly 
lingering too long. Jed has a spe- 
cial drop as background. Mr. 
Dooley was on Just 23 minutes 
Monday night and an amount 'of 
ruffing, to the extent of at least 
five of those* would be beneficial 
a'T around. 

Rradley and Ardlne danced their 
way along for % quartet of num- 
ber^ wirfeA'»i any Hndue amount <*f 
enthusiastn presenting itself except 
In th tribute p^M fo Mr. Fisher, 
at (he piano who made his efforts 
stand on while »^e pair were step- 
ping snd • mje eery close to caus- 
ing i .Mm ifu-r sO f Of g on tbft 
fceys An seeoinpanisi far beyond 
the average, this lad Mr. p.rndley 
provided with a hi of stalling for 
an encore, and 11 proved a wise 
piece of headwork. as Ihs ftlcl dance 
offered In that [ ion it Ion waa a 
Whale and accomplished more than 
all the others comb.ned. Miss 
Ardine Is showing some cartwheels 
that'll make the rett of the feminine 
contingent of aerobatlc dancers 
take a long and lingering look. A* 
she does thorn they're a finished 

pl oduot. 

Milt Collins kept those seated 






Friday, February 4, 1821 



VARIETY 



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nmiling throughout hia monolog and 
caused a number of applause rip- 
plea With hie "cracks" about the 
Sovernment. He scored easily, 
hough the figurative asking for an 
added bit wjs unnecessary, 
The GllralRe company to] 
show on*. 



uuuvvvonai j • 

company topped the 



AMERICAN ROOF. 

A bad show atop, the American 
the flrBt half. There w;is not an out 
for it. Eight acts were programed, 
of which two managed to shine dully 
through tho atmosphere* created by 
the other six. 

Business was a bit on* in the rear 
portion end down the side* It 
seemed as though the regular Tues- 
day had been tipped. The one good 
impression left was that of how 
sweet everything else will look for 
the next couple of weeks. 

Arnold and Snbel (New Acts) and 
Babe I ..a Tour (New Aets) provided 
the stimulus. The others came and 
went in a procession that allowed 
the picture screen to drop at ap- 
proximately 10 .'<r>. 

The Leach Wallltl Trio Initial* .1 
with one girl on a wire held taut 
at eaeh end by her partners, two 
girK in their teeth. An extremely 
fast whirl by the mfss in the center 
took the act up a notch on returns. 
Phesay and Powell (New Acts) 
name forth In the deuce spot, fol- 
lowed by Arnold and Babel, thence 
to the closing of the first half by 
Brown's Musical Rente, a sextet 
consisting of live women and a man, 
who failed to show any particular 
talent instruments My and had one 
of the fair sex warbling a solo, and 
again at the finale with the ensem- 
ble to the tunc of "Stars and Stripes 
Forever" that was touching. 

Succeeding Babe La Tou.r a 
sketch, "Peggy Arrives" (New Acts), 
sprinkled with ballads allowed those 
out front to ponder over the Irish 
situation for 17 minutes, and this 
particular playlet will never be 
classed as the best propaganda for 
Ireland — or the Loew circuit. 

Hank Brown and Ada Gunther. 
next to closing, did well enough, 
mainly due to the elderly „ian's 
method of delivery, which brought 
back recollections. His partner of- 
fered another of the ballads which 
kept the show far under tho speed 
limit all the way and carried one 
of the feather fans which have be- 
come so popular among the emo- 
tional vocauzers. They are said to 
quiet the nerves, or known as as- 
surors. 

Warren Travis, handling weights, 
brought the performance to a close 
and deserved a better fate. 

The American will have to do bet- 
ter thjrh this first half lay out if the 
customary patronage is to be held 
whether the usual Roof inhabitants 
are bears for punishment or not. 



novelty, music from a graphophone 
being switched from Chink tunes to 
blues melody, and the reason for a 
dance. Miss Elaine changes rapid- 
ly and she looked well groomed at 
all times. Rapid whirling in the last 
number started a sincere round of 
applause that took the team off. 

Ryan and Bronson, In number 
two, set the pace of the bill. The 
men looked well in Tuxedos and did 
very well with their song offerings. 
Patrons present from over the Hud- 
son laughed at Brooklyn being re- 
ferred to as a one-horse town in 
"My Home Town" number. A single 
offered "Over the Hills," perhaps in- 
spired by Will Carleton's poem, but 
more probably ground out because 
of the mm similarly founded. Th^re 
was a lyric panning the Governor 
and the eight-cent fare idea. An- 
other number away from the usual 
routine was a Swedish lyric, and to 
make it all even and show the boys 
were abreast of the times they en- 
cored with a blue laws number called 
"YOU Wont Do It." lbe*>. 



HARLEM O. H. 

live tryouts* preceded the regu- 
lar bill of live acts, which was 
topped off by tho feature picture. 
The combination made for a 12. 
o'clock show, with no one in at the 
finish of the picture but the ushers 
and a Tew hardened fans. 

Tho tiyouts in order were Don 
Permaine, Four Friends, Princess 
Mvsteria, Cordon Kidred and Co. 
and Jack "Texas" Sullivan (New 
Acts). 



(New Acts), a dog and monkey 
combination, started the regular 
show, followed by Billy Rogers in a 
type of act that has almost disap- 
peared from the vaudeville stages. 
Rogers does limitations of the saxa- 
phone, xylophone, train starting, 
motor boat, aeroplane, gas. engine, 
bass violin, autohorns. etc. He 
found Harlem a soft spot to stage a 
come back and got by nicely. The 
turn is still saleable for this type 
of audience. 

Heath and Sperling were also in 
their element, following with their 
song routine and the "plant" In the 
box. Everything they attempted 
got over here, the plant being ac- 
ceptcd'literally until he stood up to 



BROADWAY. 

The audiences attracted here are 
given the general classification of 
being picture crowds. That because 
of the difficulty in getting applause 
returns. If the charge is true in 
theory It is a Question whether it 
is true In fact. Tuesday night the 
e.idenoes were against it. There 
was no whirlwind of clapping that 
Kormtimes greets the efforts of 
.urns in big houses, but there was 
n greater measure of appreciation 
than noticed here for some* time. 

i 'he show itself was probably pro- 
ductive of that. An eight-act show 
*hat ran speedily along with a good 
comedy balance and about just the 
light mixture of variety. There was 
no acrobatic offering present unless 
that of Annie Abbot's (New Acts) is 
to be so considered. Miss Abbot, the 
headliner, closed the show interest- 
ingly, coming back after a long time 
:n vi tirement. 

Opening with a flash of size In 
Mi dame Hermann and her illusions, 
*.i* bill was marked by change in 
T ! e usual framing. Carl Kmmy and 
his "girls" was spotted fourth, for\ 
instance. The result Justified the^ 
position. Kmmy was out in one be- 
fore the act with a rhyme. "Doing 
Nothing." Going into one he sold 
his cleverly trained fox terriers with 
» oash that seemed unusual. His 
chatter and pep sent the turn along 
swingingly, and there was a sharp 
applause response, Emmy giving 
verbal thanks after the curtain 
dropped. Madame Hermann is spe- 
cializing on her animal "Noah's 
Ark," which makes an excellent fin- 
ish for the act. It looked like a 
whole barnyard eoming down the 
srk'a runway. One stunt with tho 
Kirl assistant should go out. That 
la where the assistant makes an es- 
cape after being tied with rope. The 
trick looks so palpably easy that it 
me; ms nothing. 

War^aret ^^:;nrr In the near! i \ 
closing position took down the even 
inch's honors. Her song routine re- 
mains tho same with the chorus and 
colored girl numbers hitting the 
house best. 

Burt and Rosedale made a strong 
number three. They liked iiurt's 
nonsense, his eccentric hoofing and 
the kidding with the flute. Miss 
Rosedale looked nice in a frock of 
black velvet and foiled well. From 
the front, Burt ueemed happiest in 
bis routine since the time he was of 
the team of Hawthorne and Burt. 
The finale with Burt executing his 
collection of peculiar kicks found a 
g* ,f »l bind as a reward. 

Jock Duffy and Company (New 
Acts) were well planted in number 
five. The neat and clever Magleyi 
followed with a skilled dancing 
novelty. The Chinese bit at the 
opening provided something of a 



of songs he wrote being continually 
interrupted by applause. The act 
is framed for a pop house standard, 
but lacks the essentials to hold a 
spot on the big bills. 

Walter Newman and Co. (New 
Acts), a comedy sketch, kept up the 
comedy average, with Piantadosi 
and Walton, the song writers, fol- 
lowing. The inevitable opening of 
"my popular songs" cinched it for 
them here. The turn is Just an- 
other combination of song writers, 
Piantadosi at the piano, with 
Walton carrying a cane and minus 
a hat, handling most of the vocal- 
izing. They went big. 

Marie Hart closed the vaudeville 
portion with her wire walking, cas- 
tume flash and saxaphoning. Miss 
Hart has cut down the number or 
her assistants to one, and hasn't 
injured the turn, which shapes up 
as a flash for the smaller bills. 

dm. 



BROADWAY'S SEABOI SET 

(Continued from page It.) 

taking* en tour, as expected with 
Francis Wilson and De Wolf Hopper 
co-starring. 

The Shuberts' tew Ambassador 
on 41th street, will be opened ! on- 
day, according to the present d:.te 
set. with "The Rose Girl" the at- 
traction. Up to Wednesday the 
premiere was unopposed, '-he Shu- 
berts' revue on the Century Prome- 
nade, tabbed the "Midnight Round- 
ers of 1921," was again postponed 
until Saturday night of this wrek. 

"In the Night Watch," the foreign 
melodrama, opened at the -entur. 
last Saturday night. The produc- 
tion was voted a big one, with the 
agencies reporting a good call f r 
the show. Opinion on its chances 
was not uniform, however. 

Th# Irish players withdrew from 
the date at Cort's new 63rd Street 
theatre. "Mixed Marriage," which 
was playing special matinees on 
42nd street, was moved up there as 
the regular attraction. The name 
of the house has not been changed 
as planned by John Cort. 

"Sally," at the New Amsterdam, 
continues to lead In demand in the 
tieket offices with every other offer- 
ing beaten in that respect. Pre- 
diction of the attraction's continu- 
ance throughout the summer is 
made, and whan the hew "Follies" 
it, ready, the Liberty is named to 



They were hanging on by their 
teeth when 'The Country Village" I berth "Sally,- which could play to 



$25,000 weekly there. Tip Top; 
too, continues to sell out. 

Brokers' "Buys" for Week. 
Business in the ' ticket agencies 
has been unusally brisk lately, and 
the volume of sales is over the nor- 
mal. Brokers' buys listed are: 
"Cornered" (Astor), "Debureau" 
(Belasco). "Green Goddess" (Bc-th), 
"Afgar" (Central), *Tn the Night 
Watch" (Century). The ^avern" 
(Cohan) (added to the list with the 
return of the Arnold Daly in the 
cast), "Ladies Night" (Eltinge), 
"Mary Rose" (Empire), "Broken 
Wing" (48th Street), "Enter Ma- 



sing, and Heath's opening medley 1 dame" (Fulton), Tip Top" (Globe), 



AUDUBON. 



Adverse weather had its effect on 
business at the Audubon Monday 
evening. From a vaudeville angle 
the bill, with the aid of some Shu- 
bert collections, measured up. The 
exception, opening turn, would win 
better results if the trio, 8 Lees, 
would eliminate the talk and wear 
more appropriate costumes. The 
act consists of club swinging with 



"Wake Up Jonathan" (Miller), 
"Meanest Man in tho World" (Hud- 
son), "Mary" - (Knickerbocker), 
"Lady Billy" (Liberty), "Firtt Year" 
(Little), The Champion" (Long- 
acre). "The Gold Diggers" 
(Lyceum), The Bat" Morosco). 
"Sally" (New Amsterdam), "Er- 
minle" (Park), Thy Name is 
Woman" (Playhouse). T>ear Me" 
(Republic), "Greenwich Village Fol- 
lies" (Shubert), "Samsom and Deli- 
lah" (39th Street), "Pasr ? Show" 
(Winter Garden). 

In the cut rates are v offered: 
"Prince and Pauper" (Apollo), "In 
the Night Watch" (Century), 
"Transplanting Jean" (Cort), "Her 
Family Tree" (Lyric), "Three Live 
Ghosts'* (Nora Bayes). "Krmine" 
(Park), "Thy Name is Woman" 
(Playhouse), "Little Old New York" 
(Plymouth), "Emperor Jonus" 
(Princess), "Rollo's Wild Oat" 
(Punch and Judy), "Tickle Me" 
(Selwyn]T, The Murage" (Times 
Square), "Mixed Marriage" (63rd 
Street). 



CON'S BATTLER. 

(Continued from Page 7) 
use his right blackjack at 



all. 



Smack began to kid him In the 



aci consists or ciud swinging wnn * „ . „.v««» w<_ — *- 4 Mn*» k- 

throwing of panama hats in boom- \ clinches, askin him why didn t he 



erang fashion. 

Willio Smith, following, enter- 
tained. Ho does comedy talking 
and singing, possessing a double 
voice. His talk is rather old and 
interferes with his vocal ability, 
making things harder with less 
results. 

The customary comedy skit en- 
titled "Danny," amused before the 
usual film of current events. The 
playlet sounds the atmosphere with 
Irish vibrations from start to finish. 

Sam Berk and Phoebe Whiteside 
did dancing. Six minutes was the 
actual time of their stay, leaving 
the audience to figure out reasons 
for the abbreviated period. The 
female member who replaced Berk's 
wife, due to the latter expecting an 
additional family member shortly, 
tfces not class with other opponents 
as a stepper, with the exception of 
her toe work. The latter could be 
highly classed. 

eorg.ie Price and "Aunt Jemima" 
and her s} n copal ed baker's', respec- 
tively, just ran things as they 
pleased. Both were return dates. 



The Psnsms Kid," the Sterling 
& Grbmian vaudeville act over 
which the latter and Harry Weber 
became Involved in a mix up that 
resulted In Weber turning over 
$1,950 to Sterling A Grlsman a 
couple of weeks ago got Into the 
limelight again this week, when 
Taylor Granville was awarded a 
decision for $212, a half week's 
salary, against Sterling A Grlsman, 
following a complaint filed with the 
V. M. 1*. A. 



take a dive now and then and not 
keep the crowd up later than neces- 
sary. 

Finally It began to get on my 

nerves, and as Tomato" looked 
over at me for instructions I nodded, 
and he said to Smack, "All right, 
old timer, I've boon thlnkln* about 
what you said and there's a lot of 
truth In It I don't think these guys 
should bo kept up any longer." He 
then steps back a little and shoots 
over that right hand on to Smack's 
jaw, and Gordon or none of the 
Dooleys could have done a prettier 
back flip than the pride of Sand 
Lake. He was out cold and didn't 
know nothln' for about II minutes, 
when they managed to bring him to. 

I won a oouplea grand on the 
battle and Tomato'* grabbed a 
chunk, for he had bet considerable. 
He is all dolled up like Harry Bes- 
try since the affair, and you have to 
ask permission to say hello to him. 

However. If he keeps goalln' them 
I should worry, for I have him tied 
up to a Shubert contract, and let 
him try and get away for the next 
five years. 

A guy with a armful of ear muf- 
flers up hero could get himself a 
bale of scratch, for It sure la cold. 
Yours In sport. 

Con. 



Eunice Burnhim is reported hav- 
ing* engaged with Famous Players 
on the Coast to appear In pictures. 
Miss Burn ham once appeared in 
Robbie Gordone's collie dog died vaudeville with Charlotte Green - 
last wee " wood. 



YOU NEVER CAN TELL 

By JOE F. LEE. 

Ever and anon at interval, the mo- 
tion picture industry is Jolted by a 
startling announcement that some 
great dramatic sta», operatic singer 
or famous athlete has been placed 
under contract by some prominent 
picture company and is about to 
make an initial appearance on the 
silver screen. Before the announce- 
ment Is cold in 4 ype "the jury" gets 
busy and hsnds out Its verdict. It is 
a forecast and a prediction Issued 
long prior to the time that Mr. and 
Mrs. Audience have had their chance 
to view the production and pass on 
its merits. 

Just to prove that "you never can 
tell the finish," I am going to cite 
a few Instances of the pickings of 
the Jury of Wise Dopesters of the 
film business who hanced down their 
verdict prior to the premier show- 
ings of the pictures mentioned. 

The signing of Caruso, tho world 
famous tenor, for several feature 
film productions is announced, and 
before the initial picture is finished 
there are many reasons advanced 
why it is certain to be a winner at 
the box office. The tons of news- 
paper publicity Caruso reeelved, the 
thousar.ds of phonograph records 
of his voice that were sold, and the 
fact that everyone. In the land had 
read of or heard Caruso's voice and 
would be crazy to see him on the 
screen. But the story did not end 
that way at all. "My Cousin," the 
first of the Caruso pictures, was is- 
sued late in 1918, and the public 
passed It up. Caruso made a hasty 
but laughing exit from shadowland 
with a heavy bankroll in his pos- 
session. 

Roosevelt Film. 

"Our Teddy, or the Fighting 
Roosevelts," gave the picture world 
a thrill following In wake of the 
tremendous success of^Ambassador 
Gerard's "My Four Years in Ger- 
many." Every newspaper was de- 
'voting front page stories and special 
articles to "Our Teddy," and again 
the Wise Dopesters decreed It was 
a sure thing that "Our Teddy" 
would be in the big winners' class. 
Huge sums in rentals snd guaran- 
tees were offere* "(and in some cases 
turned down previous' to the in- 
itial showing), snd during the time 
that all of the newspapers the 
length and breadth of the nation 
were displaying the name of the 
Roosevelts in big type the picture 
was presented, but th« public would 
not attend, and again there was a 
flop chalked up to the account of 
the advance dopesters. 

Then came the case of Doris 
Keane In "Romance." Picture pro- 
ducers spent many sleepless nights, 
worked the cables overtime and 
sent representatives to London In 
an effort to secure her name to a 
contract. They figured that "Ro- 
mance" would surely make a for- 
tune for the producer who was for- 
tunate enough to land her. On he 
strength of the reputation "Ro- 
mance" had made here and abroa 
the public would-be fighting to get 
Inside the doors of *.n> theatre that 
played the film. Finally "Romance" 
was produced on the strip of cellu- 
loid that made Rochester famous, 
but I have still to hear of anyone 
being killed in the rush to see the 
picture. So Doris Keane proved to 
be "Just another," as far as the box 
offices of the picture theatres are 
concerned. 

Along Came Ruth. 

Then along comes "Babe" Ruth, 
with a batting record of" 29 homers 
to his credit, and starting off last 
season he was the biggest draw any 
basebsll team bad ever* had. Inci- 
dentally, he rounded out the season 
with something like 64 circuit clouts 
to his credit. He signed for the 
screen. Came the yell from the wise 
babies, this one was a pipe to pick 
for good, bad or Indifferent, there 
wasn't a chance of It going wrong. 
Here was one of those pictures 
surely going to need the police re- 
serves at the door. So sure wers the 
(Continued on page S2.) 

MAIDS OF AMERICA. 

(Continued from Page 10) A 
cloaks of different shades. They 
filled the stage and made a picture. 
Other costume designs were at- 
tractive, with tights not overlooked. 

Two full st.igo 3*«tK !« sect) of ..the 
two acts, with the firsc interval in 
"one" given over to the trio, while 
the second "one" section held a 
comedy scene of a garage, finished 
off with tho girls walking out to 
Mr. Snyder's song, mentioning 18 
makes of automobiles, with only 
about five good cars among them. 

"The Maids of America" is, a 
laugh show, the kind sought for on 
the wheel, for it will please a house. 
In that respect it goes through the 
evening on an even keel, held up 
by Barry and Leon for laughs and 
in an all-around way through 
people and production. 

Of course, it's clean, because It's 
Mack's. There was but one "hell"' 
luring the evening, snd that half 
drowned out by an orchestral clash 

Siwie. 



BHTTBEHT VAUDEVILLE \ 
(Continued from x'age 4) 

according to the proposed circuit no 
announced at the Shubert office. 

The Orpheum has one house at 
Kansai City with an Orpheum Jr. 
under construction, five houses in 
Chicago, one in New Orleans with a 
new houho opening Feb. 7, and three 
in St. Louis. 

Several agents have sought after 
and received "franchises" to book 
with the Shuberts when their "Ad- 
vanced Vaudeville" booking offices 
aro opened. The permission was 
given by word of mouth. One of 
the first so reported is Herman 
BJumenfekl, independent, hand- 
ling a number of foreign bookings 
and also interested in supplying fair 
and circus engagements. The 
Blumenfeld office has already de- 
livered an ice skating ballet of 14 
persons. This turn will work on 
artificial ice and will be used as a 
feature in the Century Promenade 
revue, being booked in Shubert 
housqe next fail. 

Picking Broadway House 

With Shubert vaudeville appar- 
ently assured starting next fall the 
question of what theatre on Broad- 
way will be used has both the Capi- 
tol and Loew'a State now building 
named. With the style of show to 
be offered which calls for an enter- 
tainment of revue type, said to be 
inspired by the success of the Eddie 
Cantor show, either house could be 
taken. 

The Shuberts are planning to of- 
fer their brand of show In opposi- 
tion to Keith's Palace and figure 
either house as acceptable. In case 
of the Capitol, which has a seating 
capacity of 4,826, the top price haa 
been mentioned at 76 cents with $1 
also considered. This house is op- 
posite the Winter Garden and would 
be in direct opposition to the Win- 
ter Garden Sunday concerts. Also 
it might also oppose the regular at- 
tractions there which are now 
charging $8.60 top. That the Capi- 
tol is being considered la conject- 
ured of because one of the big Broad- 
way picture theatres having been 
offered a number of Goldwyn re- 
leases set for next summer and fall. 
The pro! jit ion came from a Gold- 
wyn official and since the Capitol 
has the first pick of Goldwyn pic- 
tures, the offer seemed to portend 
a contemplated change In the Capi- 
tol's policy. 

If Cspitol le Chossn 

It would probably be necessary 
to make structural changes on the 
Capitol stage. When revues were 
offered there last season manipu- 
lation of sets was found difficult 
and the acoustics were found to bo 
unsatisfactory. Some correction 
may be effected by building out the 
apron. 

Plans for the policy of the new 
State at Broadway and 45th street 
call for a change of program daily, 
the new Loew house taking over 
Loew s New York Idea entirely, with 
the general style of show made 
somewhat stronger. It Is known 
that when the State is completed* 
Loew will give up the New York. 
August Is mentioned as the earliest 
date of completion of the State. 

The policy of the new Loew 
house, however, Is not set. Any de- 
cision meantime by Loew to enter 
the big time vaudeville field witn 
his own chain of houses would 
eliminate the Shubert "Advanced 
Vaudeville" from the State. 



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Al Darling, manager Keith's 
Boyal, Is co-operating with Mary A. 
Conlin, principal of P. S. SO, in ar- 
ranging an affair to be given at the 
St. Joseph's Hospital. HSd street 
and Brook avenue, next Sunday, for 
the benefit of the tubercular pa- 
tients. 



F. Barrett Carmen ssiled yester- 
day (Thursday) on the Aquitania, 
to appear In a revue at the Ambas- 
sadors, Paris. 



The Lynch Enterprises are nego- 
tiating for houses at Montgomery, 
Ala., and Miami, Flu. 



BELLS KEXT WLEK 

(Continued from Page 27) 

ST. JOB 



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VV II llama A Pierre 
Wllllnma A !Io*aid 
•Ye Song Shop" 
(» A M LeFevrs 

(One to All) 

2d half 
Jupiter Trio 
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Wjrre * Kvarn 
K<llth Clifford 
(Two to mi) 

8. ANTONIO. TEX. 

MaJenUc 

r*h»s Kdenbury 
N*apnlltin Duo 
Oliver A Olp 
Coley A Jnxen 



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Grace Demar 
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Walter Weema 
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(One to fill) 

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Always a 
Friend of 
The Artist 

New York City, 
Dec. 15, 1920. 

Mr. E. F. Albee, 
Palace Theatre Bldg., 
New York City. 

Dear Sir: 

During our engagement at the 
58th St, Theatre we were roy- 
ally treated by your manager, 
Mr. Buck. In Variety we notice 
acts. mention managers for one 
kindness. Why not mention Mr. 
Buck for his many kind acts, as 
far back as ten years ago, for he 
has always been the artists' 
friend. 

We have come in contact with 
all the managers of your great 
circuit, and we sincerely think 
Mr. Buck should be placed 
amongst the best of them. 

We also wish you and Mr. 
Buck a Merry Christmas. 

Sampson and Douglas. 
Raymo and Rogers. 
Four Camcrons. 
Lucie Bruch. 
McCarion and Moiron 
Adams and Thomas. 
Felix and Fisher. 






Keep Your Dressing Room Locked! 



Sliamokm, Pa. 
Mr. Albee, 

Dear Sir: While playing Hazleton, Pa., at Feeley's Theatre, I was robbed 
of ten pieces of jewelry, a gold bracelet and pearl and diamond sunburst pendant, 
taken from my trunk. I left the door of the dressing-room open, and I suppose 
it was taken while 1 was away from the room, unless it was taken at night oc 
early morning, but I had the room locked and key in my possession over night. 

The manager, Mr. Goodwin, was more than kind, and did all in his power, 
and said he would keep after the matter for me. I certainly appreciated his whole- 
hearted interest, and he felt very badly that the loss occurred at his house. It 
certainly is a warning to all other vaudeville artists to lock their door and trunk 
at all times, no matter how short the duration when you leave your room. From 
now on I will re-read the sign, "Lock your dressing-room door," and do as it says. 

I trust you will pardon my taking up your valuable time, but perhaps niv loss 
will be a lesson to others 

Thanking you. Ro^pect fully, 

MADELINE BUCKLEY 

(Hank Brown and Co.) 



New York City. 
Dear Miss Buckley : 

Yours of December 17lh received. I am sorry to hear of your loss while 
playing at Fceley's Theatre, Hazleton, Pa. It seems that no one's life is safe 
in these times, much less their belongings. There has been an epidemic of dress- 
ing-room robberies alWover the country. 

This is a lesson to a great extent, since we advised all artists to lock their 
trunks and doors, and if possible keep their valuable*; with them or put them in 
the hotel safe. 

I am sure Mr. Goodwin will do everything possible to recover your jewelry. 
I believe, as you do, that your letter will be a warning to other artists to be more 
careful, so I am having it printed in the "Vaudeville News" and " Variety." 

Sincerely yours. 

E. F. ALBEE. 

Miss Madeline Buckley, 

Hank Brown & Co.. 

Jefferson Theatre, Auburn. \. V. 









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WITH THE MUSIC MEN 

(Continued from Page 24.) 
Louis Bernstein (Shapiro. Bern- 
stein & Co.), Jimmy- Monaco and 
Grant Clarke are making a trip 
through the West Indies with a 
Ftopover at Talm Beach, Miami and 
Cuba. 

The Music Publishers' Protective 
Association moved from it* present 
quSteri in the Columbia Theatre 
Building. Feb. 1. to M * e f * 5 ' h 
*treet. The recent increase of mem- 
bership through the affiliation with 
the American Society of Authors 
and Composers has necessitated 
more office space. 

Edward B. Marks has engaged 
Edward B. Bloedon for the me- 
chanical department of the new 
concern and Judith V. Rothsteln. 
Harry Blair has been added to the 
»rchestra department. ^ 

Federal District Judge Hand 
granted an injunction to O. Rlcordi 
& Co., of Italy, against Remlck & 
Co. prohibiting the latter from 
further exploiting "Avalon." The 
Italian Arm, which has the copy- 
right on "La Tosca." alleged "Ava- 
lon" was a steal from the opera. 
The court made its award after 
hearing the operatic selection and 
the number played on phonograph, 
trumpet, violin and piano. 

The wife of Oustav Schlrmer (O. 
Schlrmer. Inc.) has filed a ault for 
separation, asking for $300 a week 
alimony and $3,500 counsel fee* 
pending trial of the case. 

Alleging Harry Caroll's Income 
from his songs is $100,000 a year 
his wife has sued for divorce, ask- 
ing $400 a month alimony and $f»,»>"t> 
counsel fees. Nathan Burkan is 
ber attorney. 

Mort Beck has joined the Harry 
Von Tllser Chicago staff. 

Willi** Pierce, formerly manage of 
Fred Fisher's Philadelphia office, has 
been transferred to the Fisher San 
Francisco branch Jn a similar capa- 
city, replacing Tommy Leahy 
Leahy has been appointed manager 
of the Broadway Frisco office . 

Bobby Lynch, formerly with Blos- 
som Seeley's act. has Joined the 
Irving Berlin professional staff In 
NewYork. 

Charles Diamond replaced .b.o 
Jacobson as manager of Irving Ber- 
lin's Pltflburgh branch Monday. 

Ever since the Blue Law agitation 
Started a couple of months ago 
aangf with the title Blue Law 



Blues" have been coming into the 
registry deportment of the Music 
Publishers' Protective Association, 
the record for the last four weeks 
being about 20 having that title. The 
Broadway Music Co., however, beat 
all of the others to it, registering the 
title about four months agO t and 
later transferring it to the ' Carl 
Fischer Co. Carl Fischer as a rule 
does not publish pop musto. The 
transfer ties up the title for a month 
or so at least, unless Fischer should 
decide to get out a number called 
•Blue Law Blues." 



Kugene West, author of "Broad- 
way Rose," is back In New York 
after a three months' trip that took 
him as far as Los Angeles. 



James Gallagher has been ap- 
pointed manager of Shapiro-Bern- 
stein's Boston branch, succeeding 
Louis fDorn. who has been trans- 
ferred to the Shapiro New York 
headquarters. 

Charlie Oillen, formerly pianist 
with Witmark. is now doing a sing- 
ing and piano turn In vaudeville 
with his wife, Kdith Conroy. 



Trvlng Masloff has returned to the 
Fisher professional staff after a 
three months' absence. 



Joe Kelt. Remlck executive, be- 
came the father of a son Jan. 27. 



The Edward B. Macks Music Co. 
professional staff has ^been formed 
It will be headed by Jack Edwards, 
for the last four years an executive 
with the Broadway Music Co. and 
nrior to that a theatrical newspapei 
man of long experience. Harry Blair 
has been appointed Edwards' as- 
sistant. Others will be George Levy. 
'n»» Bchnltser, Jack Mulvey. Miss 
Malette and Edward Bloden. until 
recently with the Broadway, who 
wiJMiave charge of the mechanical 
der^Frtment. * 

Jess Lioohatl has started to" make 
phonograph records for the Colum- 
bia. This is his first venture as to 
having his efforts reproduced on the 
wax pancakes. His initial record 
was made early this week. It will 
not interfere with his vaudeville 
engagements. 



A libsrsl reward has been i*ost«»d 
for the Ide-tttfleatlon of the motor 
car which struck and Instantly 
killed Anna Bloom, who was tele- 
phone operator for Joe Lcblang's 
cut rate ticket Office. The victim 
was struck near her home at Third 
avenue and Seventh street several 
Wf.ks ago. The driver of the car 
left t'u.* gir lying on the pavement 

I In the rain. Mr. LehUng also flg- 

' tires in the reward offered 

V 



EQUITY SHOP BALLOTS 

(Continued from page 15.) 
The Emerson letter is as follows: 

To the Members of A. E. A. 

The whole question of the Equity 
Shop" has resolved Itself into this: 
Is the Association to continue to 
run its own affairs, as in the past; 
or is it to repudiate the advice of 
its duly elected Officials and Coun- 
cil, and base Its future activities on 
the wishes of an uninformed and 
antagonistic group of outsiders? 
The answer would seem to be ob- 
vious. V. 

Your Coancil considers the argu- 
ments set forth in the enclosed cir- 
cular as sufficient to warrant your 
endorsing Its resolution, but In view 
of the false and misleading propa- 
ganda of our opponents and the 
perfectly honest and sincere oppo- 
sition of some of our own members, 
I think it advisable to make some 
further statement of plain facts. 

After the strike, in which the 
Equity Association won for the 
actor a greater measure of just 
treatment than he had ever known 
before, It became the fixed policy of 
the managers to give every actor, 
whether Inside the Association or 
out of it, exactly the same terms 
and conditions of work. The obvi- 
ous purpose of this was to take 
away as far as possible the advant- 
ages of membership In the Associa- 
tion and the effect on many of our 
members was to make them forget 
what the Association had gained for 
them and the protection it continue* 
to give in enforcing the terms of 
their contracts. This led to delin- 
quency in the payment of dues, 
fargeiy through* inertia and the fail- 
ure to realize that without the As- 
sociation these advantages would 
soon be lost. 

In addition to this, certain man- 
agers, mostly outside the Producing 
Managers' Association, began a 
subtle and clever system of discrim- 
ination against Equity actor*. In 
most cases this system has been 
worked so craftily that H has beer, 
impossible to establish the discrimi- 
nation legally; yet so effective Was 
this work, in addition to the inertia, 
above mentioned, that by July of 
last year we found oursclvs facing 
an alarming Increase In the mini - 
ber of our delinquents — this, not be- 
cause the actors wanted to leave 



MONEY AND OLD AGE 

(Continued from Page 19) 
ings banks that have a most peculiar way of figuring interest, after widely 
advertising 4 Vi per cent, or something like that will be paid. No. one but 
a savings bank accountant can ever figure out how the savings banks 
pay so little interest on such large deposits. Others, and these are more 
often found in commercial lines, go after "income." They want to invest 
for income, to raise their annual income to an amount that will take care 
of them or their families. Income saving is the wisest savins; for the 
moderately fixed man or woman. In connection with income making 
there must be a close scrutiny given to all investments. Income invest- 
ments that promise large returns should be avoided without even an 
investigation. Anyone who can pay a big return for money invested will 
not permit strangers to reap the benefit. There are a hundred other 
reasons, but that one is enough, although its companion reason Is that 
if the person who promises a big return will let a stranger in on it, it is 
because the promoter knows the stranger will be trimmed. 



Income may build slowly, but if it builds surely there is nothing better 
for the present or old age. When your money is working while you work, 
and even if you do not work, it's working for you, and must pile up. It 
will work as well for the small investor as the large. 



8ome people of an analytical disposition believe the narrow gauged 
money maker in time limits the money-making ability through remaining 
narrow gauged, this extending to the daily routine and eventually wholly 
occupying the mind. It may be or may not be true, but a narrowness of 
mind on money matter that is closely akin to what is commonly known 
as a miserly way of living, is not always for the benefit of those who 
practice it. Money may be saved by system or deprivation. System is 
much preferable and nets the most in the end. 



the A. E. A., but because they were 
either indifferent to their obliga- 
tions to the Association, or were 
afraid to belong to it. 

The Council gave most careful 
consideration to the situation, and 
was forced to the conclusion that if 
conditions continued as they were, 
it would mean the ultimate dlsin- 
tergation of the Association. 

The only possible remedy was the 
"Equity Shop," as is proved by tl^ 
fact that since the agitation regard- 
ing the "Equity Shop" began our 
delinquents Hit has decreased over 
half, and new? members have en- 
tered in droves, until now we are in 
the strongest position we have ever 
been, due entirely to the conviction 
among actors that the "Equity 
Shop" is assured. 

But, let the "Equity Shop" propo- 
sition be defeated, and we shall 
again go through the same 3XP< ri- 
enco as before — Inertia, discrimina- 
tion, fear, Increase in our delin- 
quent list, and decrease in our mem- 
bers, with the corresponding less- 
ening of our strength, and ultimate 
disintegration* 

It is my firm conviction thai with- 
out the * 'Equity Shop" the actor 
wilt little hy little be torctd back 



into the intolerable conditions for* 
merly prevailing — or else the asso- 
ciation will lapse into an organiza- 
tion of so-called "big" actors, who 
can easily protect their rights. This 
would mean that the ideal which 
has constantly inspired us and for 
which we have fought so long— the 
protection of the small-salaried 
actor who is not strong enough to 
protect himself — would ultimately 
have to be abandoned. Surely, this 
must never come to pass! 
Fraternally yours. 

./oJt* Mmtrton. 

The circular, signed by the of!V , rs 
and council, said: 

Hear Fellow Members: — 
The Equity Shop Is no new thing. 

but has been in the minds of our 
Council and particularly i» (lie 

minds of members of your Claims 
Department for many month* 

Now, then, what do w( mean by 
• : :'- Equity Hhop, and how doet U 
differ from the so-called closed 
shop? 

Th"te is .« great deal of confu »ton 
in regard to these terms and a grvat 
deal of propaganda is Boating 
'round about th^m. Certain rose* 



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rriday, February 4, 1981 



VARIETY 



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31 



LEWIS & GORDON 



PRESENT 



THE POPULAR PICTURE PLAYERS 



FRANCIS X. BUSHMAN 



—AND— 




BAYNE 



In a Satirical - Comedy Playlet 

♦ 

V 

"POOR RICH MAN" 



/ 






PALACE 



NEW YORK, NEXT WEEK (FEB. 7) 



lonary managers and others are 

rylng to make our own people and 

|>ther people believe that we are 

Seeking the closed shop. We are 
ot The closed shop, as applied to 
ur organization, would mean — 
First: That the Equity Associa- 
tion would declare that the manag- 
ers of this country could employ no 
•ne but Equity members, and 

Second: That the membership of 
the association could bo closed or 



OLDEST THEATRICAL 
AGENCY FOR SALE 



Rpiaune of my decininn to embark 
In another line of activity I am pre- 
pared to sell immediately my theatri- 
cal agency. 

Tho good will of this business and 
Its policy of fair dealing, extending 
back to the time when my mother 
tirnt started it. are. I think, things 
to bo considered by any interested 
pcrnon. A call at my ofllca has long 
b«^n a matter of routin« with players 
at liberty and my business ansocia- 
tlon with managers has always been 
of tb« friendliest nature. My lists 
sre tho moat complete in the city. 

i will be pleased to discuss all de- 
tails with any prospective buyer. 



BIJOU FERNANDEZ 

KKH AMSTERDAM TIIEATRK ni.UG.. 
Wa«| 4«d Street. New York C ity 



limited. That is to say, that we 
could refuse to take into our ranks 
an actor or actress, no matter how 
capable he or she might be, and we 
could also refuse to take in new re- 
cruits. 

But, this is not the Equity Shop. 
no please let us get the distinction 
between these two things clearly in 
mind. 

The Equity Shop would be a 
declaration by the association that 
its members shall not rehearse or 
play In the same company with 
those who are not members — but 
always with the proviso that any 
man or woman who has spoken one 
line upon the stage, or who has been 
engaged by a manager to speak one 
line, or to act as an understudy, ot- 
to play a bit in a picture, is eligible 
to membership in the association 
and must be admitted. 

The big difference Is the second 
one — namely, that any one who has 
spoken a line on the stage or been 
engaged to speak a line, or to be an 
understudy or to play in a picture, 
immediately becomes eligible to 
membership and must be admitted. 
Therefore, if a manager finds he 
wants to engage an actor or a be- 
glnner who is not a member, all the 
actor would have to do would be to 
fill in an application blank and send 
It to our office. 

To repeat: The Equity Shop is 
Isimply a declination of Equity act- 
ors of their absolute right to 



refuse to work in a company with 
non-members, who today enjoy ex- 
actly the same privileges as Equity 
members, who reap all the oeneflts 
of tho Equity strike and Equity con- 
tract, and yet do not contribute one 
ouncje of effort or one penny of 
money to sustain the organization 
which has. secured and which holds 
fast for them those privileges and 
that contract. 

The honest opinion of every mem- 
ber of this association, great or 
small, must be respected, and there- 
fore every member must have the 
opportunity to register that opinion 
and to voice his views. 

But — to your officials and to the 
members of your Council, the prin- 
ciple involved is so obvious that we 
venture the hope that, with close 
study of the question, those who now 
differ with us may, perhaps, be 
brought to see eye to e"ye with us, 
and that now it has come to a vote, 
it will go through with such unan- 
imity, that nothing in God's world 
can keep it from being a success. 

For those of our members who 
are in companies controlled by 
members of the Producing Man- 
agers' Association, it could have no 
effect at the present time, because 
we have a five-year agreement with 
the membra of the P. M. A. which 
has over three years more to run, 
and we intend to keep that agree- 
ment. But, do you realize that the 
members of the P. M A. control 



less than one-fourth of the com- 
panies that are playing in America 
todsy? We must remember that 
our association is not confined to 
New Y/crk. The area reaches from 
the Atlantic to the Pacific and from 
Hudson Bay to the Gulf. And — 
even in New York — you may oe sur- 
prised to learn that less than sixty 
per cent, of the first-class Broad- 
way attractions are controlled by 
(Continued on page 32.) 



CABARET 

(Continued from page 19.) 

d^nce music, will only remain on the 
Koof for three days, when they will 
return to Chicago and their home 
a t thfi Rainbow Gardens. It is a?so 
rumored the Brunswick-Balke Col- 
lender people are behind the move 
to place the Jones instrumentalists 
on the Koof, as they have been 
making records reproduced on the 
Brunswick discs.. 



"Winter Garden Follies," the 
Dwight Pepple revue at the Winter 
Garden cafe, Chicago, was supplied 
with dialog and scenes by Johnny 
Hyman, who also wrote the mate- 
rial used by Primrose Seamon. Joe 
Burrowes supplied the lyrics and 
score. 



Upon attempting to enter a cer- 
tain establishment that is at pres- 
ent in high favor for its cuisine and 
dancing possibilities, a prominent 



man about town, was rather polite- 
ly refused admission to his former 
haunt for the reason that ha was not 
in evening dress—and most cf all 
because he had on a soft collar. 

The captain met him at the door, 
took one flash and pointed out a 
Mr. and Mrs. So-and-so who were in 
a party suitably begarbed for the 
occasion— after which the captain 
offered to send out and get his ce: - 
slant patron a stiff collar, If noth- 
ing else. 

Another restaurant .which recent- 
ly opened, is attempting to instill 
the same methods of handling those 
on the door with the "regulars" be- 
in ; of the opinion the new one will 
never bo able to get away with it. 



According to a story lately around 
the cabarets, there may be two good 
roadhouses on the market near New 
York next season, through their 
owners or managers having tum- 
bled In very "Dutch" with the 
county authorities where tho place* 
are located. The "Dutch" thing has 
placed the Indian sign so firmly on 
the roadhouses It is said neither has 
a chance under the present admin- 
istration. One of the owners is re- 
ported to have offered his place on 
almost any sharing terms, or to sell. 
It has been highly profitable in the 
past. The trouble resulted, accord- 
ing to the account, from the most 
simple case of pigheadedness that 
likely a restaurant man ever heard 
tell of. 



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A NEW ACT 



A NEW ACT 



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"THE GIRL WITH THE SMILE" 

with LEO M1NTON at the piano 
My original lamp entrance protected by the N. V. A. and Variety's Protected Material Dept. 
TiHS WEEK ZIEGFELD'S "FROLIC (23d week), ALSO FLATBUSH THEATRE (BROOKLYN) 

NEXT WEEK (Feb. 7) MARYLAND THEATRE, BALTIMORE 

\miki. u „,,- r ' IUNG FOR EUROPE, FEBRUARY 26TH. bcmthim Mr. 

PAUL DURAND WILLIAM MORRIS 






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VARIETY 



Friday, February 4, 1921 









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EQUITY SHOP BALLOTS 

(Continued from page 31.) 
inembers of the Producing Man- 
agora Association. 

Therefore, In the ao -called first - 
elasa theatres of the entire country, 
over forty per cent, of the attrac- 
tions are controlled by managers 
outside the Producing Managers' 
Association, which, aa we said be- 
fore, is not affected by the "Equity 
fthop," and in all the others — second 
elass attractions, stock, repertoire 
and tent shows — one hundred per 
cent, are outside of the P. M. A. 

So, taking the country straight 
through, the members of the P. M. 
A. control less than one -fourth of 
the attractions now playing. \.'hy 
let an r.greement with one-quarter 
©X tha managers prevent us from 
putting into effect with the other 
three-quarters a measure so ob- 
viously sane and beneficial as the 
Equity Shop? This would be a 
rasa certainly of the tail wagging 
the dog. 

Do you realize that there were 
around forty stranded companies 
last year, and that, up to now, we've 
had over twenty this present Bea- 
con? Think of the fate of our peo- 
ple, particularly of the women, left 
without money or railroad fare 
thousands of miles from home The 
Equity Shop would make it a haz- 
ardous business for any manager to 
be guilty of such conduct, and if he 
did It ence the offense could never 
be repeated. This aeaaon the A. E. 
A., at a cost of $11,000, has paid the 
fare of Its people who were strand- 
ed back to tha place of organiza- 
tion. Without tha Equity Shop It 
will be Impossible for the associ- 
ation to continue this work, but with 
the Equity Shop we can reduce the 
•tbuse to a minimum. 

The Equity Shop will also enable 
m to do eomething to relieve the 
unfair conditions In many stock 
companies, by cutting down the un- 
duly large number of performances. 
Instead of six or aeven poorly at- 
tended matinee performances, why 
not have two or three, which would 
1)6 well attended, would make Just 
aa much money on the week for 
the manager, and would enable our 
people to have more time to atudy? 
The Equity Shop la in no aense 
C signed as an Instrument of op- 
pression. It will benefit the fair 
managers just aa much aa it will 
the actor, and it w.'U give ua the 
meana by which we can bring to 
book not only the unfair manager, 
but the unfair actor as well. 

Now, as to the time when the 
Equity Shop will be put In force 
with regard to the various classes 
of managers affected, that must 
be left to the wisdom and discretion 
of the Council. If this referen- 
dum vote passes, don't imagine the 
Equity Shop will necessarily go 
Into effect at once. This vote is sim- 
ply to voice the members' approval 
or disapproval of the resolution of 
the Council. The Council will then 
consider each class of managers to 
be affected, and will put the Equity 
Shop into effect with each class at 
What It considers the proper time. 
And it will not be put into effect 
with any class unless the Council 
feels that its success in that class is 
absolutely assured. We believe the 
Equity Shop absolutely ne<essar\ 
to protect your future interests, and 
preserve for you what has already 
been won. This is a flat statement. 
>Ve stand by it and, in view of ow 
opponent's propaganda, it is <>...' 
duty to sound this warning. 

Council A. B* A. 



s? 



Playing Two Houses This Week 



(January 31) 




. F. KEITH'S RIVERSIDE 



AND 




F. KEITH'S HAMILTON 







(Formerly D'AMORE and DOUGLAS) 



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Presenting 




VAUDEVILLE SURPRISE 



If 



YOU NEVER CAN TELL 

(Continued from page 29.) 



wise ones in their dope that Madi- 
son Square Garden was socured to J 
accommodate the crowds. To a few 
Who perhaps are not familiar with j 
the size of Madison Square Garden 
the information that it can easily 
hold 8,000 people will not be amisa. 
Someone once remarked you can 
never build a theatre too large, if 
they coma. In this respect the pro- 
moter of the New York showing of 
the "Babe" Ruth feature, "Headin" 
Home." played safe -thai !s, .in to 
the time of the opening. The "Babe" 
film opened at the Garden with a 
blaze of glory, but by the end of 
the first week he did not have suffi- 
cient power to draw lee water aa a 
film star. 

A resume of a few of the others 
also picked by the talent nnd which 
failed to pull are Fred Stone In 
"Under the Top." "The Yellow Dog," 
a Universal on which a hugs adver- 
tising appropriation was spent; 
••Joan, the Woman." artistically a 
whale but financially a flop; "The 
Fall of a Nation." for which sign 
locations were leased for two years — 
all were touted tt hit over* the 
million-dollar mirk, and likewise all 
failed to do anything like ft. There 
wars many other instance* but "tha 
faalti of our brothers wa writs in 
t'.ie sandi." 

Bo much for tha flop. T. | i- 



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Booking Direction, JOS. SULLIVAN 















liar thing la that none of tha Jury 
ever try to alibi after the count is 
in. They hare thS^ much to thsh 
credit. • - ' 

That "you never can tell the fin 
ish" Is further borne out in the facts 
regarding the following plcturea: 
Flret, "Traffic .n Souls." which, ac- 
cording to the Jury, never had a 
chance before it opened, universally 
condemned to failure, but aftor the 
premiere at Weber's theatre and 
later at Bolabco's Republic, Just a 
sensation in Its dny, that's all! 

When Col. Wm. L. Sclig came 
along and promoted nnd pro luce** 
"Auction in Souls" .to help talse 
fundi for ■t&rvJnt' Armenia, the 
jury got busy and pooled a verdict 
to tha effect that it never would do 
How could a picture of thia type 
ever get any RiOreyY Kven ex- 

lange men Over the country t- 
whom prints w . ro con-lgned re- 
I to lift them a the express of- 
Q<ta Wh It / jvnr; asked fo: but a* 



slight advance on tha quota for 
their territory. AnC the picture it- 
self? It just about knock? 'em, 
fund at th.s lime ft is safe to «a:» 
that "Auction in Souls" has grossed 
rentals close to $1,000,000 for First 
National. 

"Where Are My Children" was 
passed up as another one that only 
a crazy man wculd invest a Jollar 
in, and it made a small fortune fo 
everyone who had the nerve to take 
a chance. "The Beast of Berlin" 
wasn't looked upo.* aa capable of 
starting anything In the way of a 
money landslide, but it has topped 
the $1,000,000 gross mark in rentals 

Along came Mack Bennett with 
his "Yankee Doodle in Berlin" and 

gave it a private screening in Los 

Angeles when it was doomed bj 

the wise acres, who said: "it's n 
flop,** after which Sol Lesser bought 
it and ran it iiUo a small forti>n< 
"Shipwrecked Among the Canni- 
bals" ia another of those unlocked 



for winners that managed to do the 
trick, and then the prize of them all, 
"Mickey." 

Prize of Them All. 
Poor "Mickey," even with Mabel 
Normand as the star, what a deal 
poor "Mickey" received. Kicked 
from pillar to post, refuse* svea a 
small advance from program com- 
panies, sentenced to fnilu e and 
doomed by projection room expert! 
(they don't guess 'em in projection 
rooms any more) and finally statt 
righted, after it had only reeot%'ed 
one day's run on Broadway mopped 
up from one end of the count.*) t< 
the other, running from fciir to i: 
csnsccutive weeks In other big 

Hti.'S away from tin Main S:tn . 

might b< news to norm to know ii at 

to date »he net profit on Wlil'V 
is probably nly exceeded i>\ •'The 
Birth of a Nation.*' it is .» well 

k own fact that one state righl 

buyer cleaned up a set profit ol 

inn.nno in Ohio alone on the 



'Mickey" picture, 

.lust to show that you don t aaVS 
to be a wise one to pick and pro- 
dice a winner, the?e is 'The Mira- 
elo Man." What did Isaac WolpST 
know about pictures when he pro- 
cured a Boston banker .c back his 
proposition? Nothing*! If" WSJ a 
clothing (baler in Chelsea, Maea 
He hung around c»n outskirts of the 
picture crowd In the Astor f or * 
kng while, bur the wl*e san* 
wouldn't give him a tumble, ^ ei 
h< produced "The Mlrach Man" and 
it looks like 12.000,000 wiii be lM 
Yroaa on that feature when all ,,,e 

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V A R I E T Y 




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THAT QUAINT COMIC 
§ Assisted by OLE OLSEN and THEIR KRAZY KAT 

B. F. Keith s Coloniel This Week (Jan. 31) Next Week TFeb. 7) Keith's, Philadelphia 

P. S. — Do you know LlBONATl U a sensation at Keith 1 s Jeff ergon This Week? 



The strike of the trolley employes 
In Albany. Troy, Rensselaer. Cohoes. 
Watervllet, Green Island and Wat- 
erford, N. Y., called at midnight last 
Friday, coming on top of constant 
lay-offs in industrial <-stablishments 
In the Capitol Dstrict, greatly af- 
fected theatrical business in those 
cities. Although officials of the 
State Mediation Bureau are at- 
tempting to settle the strike and 
aro holding daily conferences with 
officials of the United Traction 
company and representatives of the 
Carmen's union, no solution was in 
sight Wednesday. 



The Tennessee Senate defeated 



WRIGHT 
DOCTOR 



PLAY- 
STAGE 



DIRECTOR 

DRAMA 
MUSICAL COMEDY 

EDWARD 

CLARK 



Altamont Court 

MORRISTOWN, N. J. 



•HONEY GIRL" 
"DE LUXE ANNIE" / 
"YOU'RE*! LOVE" 
•LITTLE MISS CHARITY" 
•OH, WHAT A GIRL" 
•FURS AND FRILLS" 
•COAT TALES" 
Etc., Etc. 

IN PREPARATION: 

"BLOOD MONEY" 
"CALL THE NEXT CASE" 
^THE BAD WOMAN* 



the Sunday blue law bill last week 
by a vote of 26 to 2. The bil! pro- 
hibited Sunday trains and news- 
papers, as well as Sunday sports 
and movies. 

Harry Ward, formerly attached to 
the Morris & Fell ottlce, is now 
associated with Hose & Curtis, the 
vaudeville agents. Ward represents 
the agents on the fifth floor of the 
Keith offices. 



George Gottlieb, the Qrpheum 
Circuit broker, has gone to New 
Orleans, to be present at the open- 
ing of the Orpheuru theatre there 
next Monday. 



I. R. Samuels, the Keith booking 
man, ill for about three months, is 
expected to return to the Keith 
office next week. 



Columbus, O., are spending a few 
days at French Lick Springs, Ind. 



Evelyn Nesbitt has been In New 
Jersey for three or four weeks, re- 
covering her health. She has no 

present stage plans. 



George W. Lederer, Jr, manager 
of the Rlalto, Passaic. N. J., Is 
anxious not to be accused of 
plagiarism in connection with a 
stunt at his picture house. It con- 
sist a of extending invitations to 
Ills patrons to visit the operating 
booth and see the actual operation 
of a projection machine. Lederer 
read in Variety an account of a 
somewhat similar idea In .connection 
with 1/oew's Memphis house and 
claims he put the Idea Into practice 
before the publication of the South- 
ern scheme. 

Mile. C la ice, the theatrical 
modiste, has opened a '..ranch At the 
Beaux Arts? Palm Beach. Mile. 
Claire has left for Florida to be 
prestiit at the opening. 



Bringing suit against Proctor's, 
Mount Vernon. N. Y., for $100,000, 
charging she was kicked In the eye 
during a quarrel In the Ju .tre, 
Mrs. Mae <«. Sorenson was awarded 
a verdict of $500 by a Jury before 
Supreme Court Justice Young at 
White Plains, N. Y., last week. As 
a result of the quarrel, three young 
men were arrested, but were dis- 
charged with a reprimand. 



A diary kept by Gene Envor for 
five years was lost recently by the 
OWIMT, either at the Hotel De France 
or the Pennsylvania station. It may 
be returned care Gene and Meoltle. 
leoom 408 Putnam Building, Times 
square, New York City. 



The Library theatre at Benning- 
ton, Vt., has closed, with no an- 
nouncement concerning its future. 



W. 8. Butterf ield, of Michigan, and 
his sister, Mrs. Helen Crumley, of 



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Good Salary. 

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Theatres must be doing business 
in St. lxmfa Bandits have gotten 
away with 94,000 and $1,500 In two 
instances. The latest occurred at 
six o'clock one morning last week, 
st the Itialto. The porter said as 
he was about to start work, three 
men bound him, then removed the 
safe from the box ^office, where It 
ha'd been placed as less liable to 
pillage. The robbers carried the 
safe through the stage door, plac- 
ing it In a machine. About a month 
previously the Junior Orpheura 
theatre. Grand opera house, also in 
St. Louis, lost $4,000 taken out of 
the safe after the thieves had bound 
the assistant manager, committing 
the theft while the evening per- 
formance was going on. 



bany. It will cut a s month from 
both ends of the i sual daylight sav- 
ing period, beginning April SO, in- 
stead of March Si, and end Sept. 
SO, instead of Oct. SI. This is 
meant to remove the caus«» of com- 
plaint made by the rural districts, 
which found the system onerous. 
partly because it began too early 
and lasted too long. While the 
compromise feature of the new bill 
Is expected to draw some support. 
It Is believed the daylight saving 
idea will be done away with. Five 
bills providing for this have al- 
ready been introduced. 



Harry Weber, and Meulo Moor* 
will start for the Coast on a five- 
week's vacation late next month. 
They will go via boat and the Pana- 
ma canal, having engaged passage 
on the Wenatchee. It will be the 
maiden voyage for the boat, which 
is to engage in Pacific travel, ply- 
ing between Japan and Seattle. The 
boat trip to the Coast will consume 
three weeks. The return trip will 
be via Arlsona, where Weber owns 
a ranch. 



The inmates of Great Meadow 
Prison, near Comstock, N. T., have 
asked Variety to make known their 
need of co-operation from the show 
business In order to arrange some 
form of entertainment and recrea- 
tion. They are planning a benefit for 
the near future from which they 
may realise enough to secure a 
recreational system working In the 
prison. The warden approves the 
plan and is giving the men assist- 
ance. 



A daylight saving bill has been 
introduced in the Assembly at Al- 




WANTED: Musical Stock 
Company 

For the 
CRAWFORD THEA~, El Paso, Tex. 

Big Bnaln«s* for the Show That Can 
Make Good. HI Paso Has a Population 
of 100.000. Yoa Most Have the Show. We 
Play Sundays. Can Get 11.00 Top. Ad 
lresa, Y,. If. CRAWFORD, Topeka Kan. 



YOU HEVER CAH TELL 

(Continued from page 32.) , 

picked "Way Down Kast." To- 
day's slogan la: "Just try and get 
in at any theatre where 'Way Down 
East' is playing," and don't let any- 
one kid you into making a bet that 
"Way Down Kast" won't ' top the 
gross of "The Hirth," for If you 
have the "Birth" end of the bet you 
are going to lose. 

Fox's Stunt. 

When the Fox feature, "When 
New York Sleeps," was offered to 
one of the first run Broadway houses 
It wag turned down, even though 
the price was mighty low. Then 
Fox rented a theatre for It and the 
one house was not sufficient to hold 
the crowd. Anotbe* house was se- 
cured and the picture shown at both 
simultaneously. Only the begin- 
ning of the history of this picture, 
which will easily turn over $1,000.- 
000 before It has lived Its life. 

That "you never c\n tell the fln- 




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ish" and that the "mug" who pulled 
the wise crack about "the business 
oi.ly being in its Infancy" was some 
guy M Is borne out by the following: 
"Way Down Eas ' In Its 16th week 
In New York has been hitting 
steadily In the $20,000 a week class 
ever since Election week; "Humor- 
esque" for a week In Orchestra Hall 
in Chicago got $20,000; "The County 
I 'air" rh one week In Toledo ~oased 
$11,000. and "Over the Hill." a Fox 
feature, which played four Broad- 
way theatres one after the other 
(Aster. Hayes. Central. Lyric) has 
been getting 'n the neighborhood of 
$12,000 weekly In the smaller houses 
and $14,000 In those where the ca- 
pacity was larger. 

Another so called d«ad one was a 
foreign feature entitled "Passion." 
condemned because It was a costume 
play, slipped over to Patemon, N. J., 
and smashed a record by playing to 
27.000 admissions In one week. 

No. "you never can tell." It's a 
great life If you don't weaken, and 
the linen laundresses at the Astor 
still go dtxxy every morning when 
the table cloths from the .rrin art 
brought up to be washed. It makes 
no difference whether you are In 
the 'Follies- choru' or tn the if. P. 



PRODUCERS, 
MANAGERS 
AND 
AGENTS 



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RESTAURANT. 

Broadway & 48th 
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On, In revue, at 
T:20 and 11:30 
Nightly. 




and 
Company 



In "ANY HOME" 






A One-Act Comedy by JOHN J. McNALLY, Jr. 



B. F. KEITH'S ROYAL This Week (Jan. 31) 



Direction LEWIS & GORDON 



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UNDISCOVERED 'TERRY" ACTS 

1 two of the ferries arou v 

York permit musicians aboard on 
e_jh trip ns official orchestra- r 
the traveller* The ferries are those 
plying across the Hudson, from 
1> ' man street to ood, a*. J 

the " ->rt trip off the other ^nd of 
Staten Island, across the river to 
Perth Amboy, N. J. 

Both of these water stretches In 
the line of auto travel are >e high- 
ways for many automobiles. Swarms 
of cars are marooned during the 
voyage acrost the river, whichever 
it may be. and their passengers 
must perfbrce listen to the "music." 

The musicians on the ferry boats 
run to accordeon players, though a 
violinist appears now and then. In 
years gone by the musical players 
were mosily old men and accord- 
ionists. Within the past two sea- 
sons younger men with more mod- 
ern tunes arc on the bjats. Whereas 
the old fellows, with their instru- 
ments thought "Annie Rooney" still 
popular, the younger newcomers are 
not over a year behind In their 
melodies. • 

About a season ago when "ac- 
cordeon acts" descended In flocks on 
the small time it was suspected the 
small-time agents had raided* the 
ferry boats for new acts, but as the 
boats continued the past summer to 
carry musicians Just the same, the 
Impression went abroad the vaude- 
ville agents who owned cars did not 
frequent these routes. Still the 
musical ferryboat combinations kept 
on playing the year-old numbers, 
passing the hat as religiously as the 
boat made its every trip, probably 
taking up the collection for the pur- 
pose of purchasing a corduroy pair 
of trousers, or in the hopes to savs 
enough to rent a tuxedo suit for ths 
first split week. 

On one of the boats In the after- 
noon of a hot day last summer a 
collector from the trio of musicians 
on the boat received a quarter in 
his hat. He immediately signalled 
his two companions who, thereupon, 
stopped playing. Asked why that 
had happened, the man replied, no 
one would give a quarter unless it 
was to have the mnslo stopped. 
This stamped the player, who 
handled a violin as a future "act 
In 'one/ " music and talk. 

The musicians probably pay for 
the "concession" of pouring out 
their music onto water that has no 
oil, and as the magnates who own 
the ferryboat lines never travel on 
them, they care little about the 
nerves of their customers, although 
if they did take a rid* now and then 
they would marvel at the ntive of 
the "musicians," 



Counnihan e\ Shannon will recon- 
struct the Plainfleld theatre, Plain- 
field, N. J., at a cost of $75,000. The 
house whon completed will sea*. 
1,100 on the lower floor, xe bal- 
cony being designed to accommodate 
100 and loges will seat 200 addi- 
tional. 

The house has been controlled by 
the firm since 1905. It has been 
playing road attractions, with 
burlesque one day weekly. 

Vaudeville may be the policy 
when the house is remodeled. 



The Palace, Bristol, R. I., Is play- 
ing three acts on a weekly split. 
The house formerly played pictures. 



Kitty, Ted and Rose Doner have 
been booked In one of the Moss Em- 
pires, London, next summer. 



MR. AND MRS. NELSON 
of San Francisco, Calif. 



MR. AND MRS. CHAIN 
of Salem, Ohio 



PRESENT THEIR SONS 



EDDIE 



DELL 




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THEY CAN'T BE ALL WRONG 



Picked by Chicago's four most eminent critics, ASHTON STEVENS, PERCY HAM- 

MOND, AMY LESUE and O. L. HALL, as the HIT of the Show. 



FANCHON AND MARCO 
IN "SATIRES OF 1920" 



A REVUE FROM 

THE GOLDEN GATE 



THEATRES 



Californians at the Olympic Present 
Their Musical Revue. 



By AMY LE8LIE. 

The Olympic was filled with pec 
pie who applauded and laughed. 
There are one or two people Flo. 
Zlegfeld might give the once over 
before he hires Haggin to unveil an- 
other picture as the only means of 
making the Follies come to town. 

Clever Young People 
Eddie Nelson, rather an unusual 
and unctuous young clown, would 
be a And for Flo. Nelson seems to 
be able to sing and dance and it 
blessed with as droll a countei.ance 
as George K Fos or Harry Hunter, 
Mr. Nelson has an Ingratiating per- 
sonality, too, and a wit quick 
enough for him to burlesque a mind 
reader in impromptu, and that Is a 
test. There is a balmy absence of 
story or modern humor or acting 
except by the youthful Mr. Nelson, 
clever and not at all unaware of 
his talents. 



By PERCY HAMMONO. 

The hit of the show are a vaude- 
ville duo called Nelscn and Chain, 
bully humorists and Imrlesquera, 
who manage to make a lot of fua 
without once Insulting their audi- 
ence. Their mind -reading travesty 
la a masterpiece of its kind. 






By ASHTON STEVENS. 

But although Fanchon and Marco 
work oftener and harder in their 
revue than Mr. White doea in his, 
yet they, like htm, are not their own 
real stars. A couple of vaudeville 
boys, Nelson and Chain, who talked 
knowingly, appeared to be the prin- 
cipal entertainers last night. They 
are youths of lusty voice and mag- 
netism, just the lads for that arc hale 
specialty known as the medley 
parody, and when one of them went 
among the aisle seats and the other 
gave him the Christian names of 
those seated. It was perhaps the 
funniest thing In She line of second 
sight 






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\ 



Special Material by GUS KAHN and BOB HARDY 



FANCHON and MARCO'S "SATIRES* 



Virginia Pearson Is announcing • 
In a curtain speech the sketch "The j 
Second Chance," In which she Is 
supported by tier husband, Sheldon 
Lewis, was written by him. The 
program gives Sam Tauber credit. 



OLYMPIC THEATRE, CHICAGO—INDEFINITELY 



"The Money Spider," the first 
playlet by the novelist, E. Fhllllps 
Oppenhelm to be shown here, was 
shown in the try-out houses this 
week. The turn is one of a reper- 
tory brought here by the English 
actress, Evelyn Beresford, who is 
appearing in It. The Oppenhelm 
sketch' 1* dramatic. Thcr* are Wo 
male players In support 



Circus people have received the 
'"tip" the Barnum-Balley-Ringllng 
circus will open at the Garden on 
the regular nehedule of late In the 
last week of March 24 or 25. 



Felix Adler and Francis Rose are 
to play one week for the Boew Cir- 
cuit btfore sailing for Europe. The 
comedian will probably draw the 
American and Metropolitan nr-xt 
week. 



Blackstone, the magician, lias 
gone under the management of 
Augustus Titou, 



INSIDE STUFF 

ON PICTURES 

(Continued from page 20.) 

over a foundation of satin. One side of the skirt had tlay flowers trailing 
from the waist to the hem, where popples and form formed a deep border. 



jut.ctlon with Wallingrod and Stockwell, it was offered In New York 



! 



. 



about a decade later. 

The dip-back into the play's pedigree links, up again the first associa- 
tion of David Warfield and Belasco, the former being then an usher 
of the Belasco Alcazar. 



Wltift vho > fH H hi gh spot Broadway controlled by on* or ano»±>cr of the 
big picture producing corporations, the independents, determined to have 
a spot to show their wares, are again pooling Interests and seeking 
the promotion of a Main street drag to show, their wares. 

The advent this week at the Strand of Sessue Hayakawa, »n the new 
old one, "The First Born," marks a step toward the goal the independents 
covet. Overtures of one sort and another have been made to theatrical 
men who hold control of Main stem theatres given to regular theatrical 
shows, bonuses, advance rent and percentages on sales throughout the 
country of films being included in the bait being offered for a Broadway 
opening spot. * 

The Palais Itoyal folk were approached with the proposed alteration 
of the building for film use. So far, the plans are hopes only. The 
hectic straits to which film play promoters are being driven In illustrated 
anew in the resurrected Frances Towers "First Born," used by the 
Japanese star for his Broadway re-entry, his first appearance on the 
street since 1018. Originally produced at the old San Francisco Alcazar 
in the late 8t)*s, when the house was being run by David Belasco, in con- 



The injunction proceedings brought by John Underbill, translator of 
"The Passion Flower," in which he seeks to restrain Richard Herndon and 
Joseph Schenck from releasing the feature film of that play, brings 
forth the elatrn that as the translator, ho has an Interest in att forms 
of the play as presented In English. Underbill's claim was made de- 
spite that Herndon secured the world picture rights after Underbill had 
declared he could not secure them. 

Herndon produced the play In English last season. Underhlll was 
then commissioned by tho producer to secure the picture rights from 
-Benaveiite, tho Spanish playwright. Herndon gave Underhlll s chpek 
as advance payment on the screen rights. It was discovered that Bena- 
vente had sold the film rights to a 1'arisian agency, Herndon succeeding 
in ouying out the Paris agency's film rights. Trior to that Underhlll had 
returned the check, which had been certified and which he had in hlfl 
possession for six months. 

The feature film was then made by Schenck with Norma Taltnadge 
starred. The picture was Completed about four months ago and is due 
for release soon, unless the Un«h rJiill proceedings prevent. 

Elijah W. Zoline is defending the action for Herndon. Newman SHW* 
ga3 represents Underhlll. 



■MM 



Friday, February 4, 1921 



VARIETY 








AND ASSOCIATE ARTISTS 



presenting "WEDDING BELLS" 



PALACE THEATRE, THIS WEEK (JAN. 31) 



Direction I.EWIS & GORDON 



BAIL PLAYERS OF STAGE 

< Continued from page 20.) 
fitter and swift inflelder. Arm- 
strong played short stop for the 
Brooklyn Naval Team during the 
war and pilled up an impressive 
tatting average. 

Jess Thorn, also an N. V. A. in- 
flelder and pitcher, was at one time 
In the Three 1 League and is a nice 
ball player. Ernie Stanton (Val and 
E-nle Stanton), captain, outfielder 
and pitcher of the club, is a fast 
moving gardener with possibilities 




K.I 



Make-up corpes off 
almost as easily as 
Bottom's head. In 
Midsummer Night's 
Dream, when you 
use 

ALBOLENE 

Cuts right into the grease and 
does the skin good instead of 
harming it, preventing make-up 
poisoning. Has practically super- 
ceded the sticky or watery old- 
fashioned creams. 



In l and fox. tubes for 
the make up box. Al*o 
in H lb. an<l I lb. can* 
for the dressing table. 

At all druri:i»U and 
dealer* 

Sumphfrtevn rrQ\tt*t 
McKESSOfl & tOSBINS 

. Iiw«jfiwralrtJ 

iiatmfaeturing (/i«inli 

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for potential greatness that have 
been curbed by the demands of his 
profession. Stanton manages to 
get to the ball park in ti.ne to play, 
but at times has had to make con- 
siderable sacrifice to be present 
when the umps gave the mob the 
batteries. 

Joe Brown ("Jim Jam Jems") Is 
another N. V. A. who is of minor 
and possibly major league calibre, 
and Sheppard (Sheppard and Ott> 
was formerly one of the ..^gular 
P tchers on thj staff of the Provi- 
dence Club. 

George Walsh, the picture star, 
is still the property of the Brooklyn 
National League Club, unless it ha~ 
removed him from the reserve list 
recently. Walsh, who was a con- 
siderable athlete at Fordham Co. 
lege before becoming a "deaf and 
dumb" actor, was signed up by 
Brooklyn but heeded the advice of 
his director-brother, R. A. Walsh, 
and decided to stick to the camera. 
He is at present a big draw'ng card 
slonal parks and plays at the head 
of his own team. He is fast as a 
deer, a fair hitter and good inflelder. 
His specialty is first base. 

Then Charley Winnlger, recently 
of the "Follies." Winnlger is a very 
fair pitcher and pitched neat ball 
last season for both Eddie Millers' 
club and the N. V. A. 

Gus Van (Van and Schenk) is a 
good man behind the bat, and his 
partner, Joe Schenok, pl^'s first 
base acceptably, though a trifle weak 
as a hitter. With more time to de- 
rote to their favorite pastime both 
would be excellent ball gamers. 

Moe Schenck. of the Loew office. 

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nether who has followed up the J M rty M,cHalr, another big league jits own where he knows he can bs 





love of his youth whenever oppor 
tunity offered and played first base 
for the Loew-Variety team of two 
summers ago. Moe. though a trifle 
high in flesh owing to the confining 
nature of his theatrical duties, gave 
good account of himself as a hitter 
and played first base in bang up 
style. , 

Concerning George. 

Georgia Page (Variety) has been 
touted by scouts and others of ex- 
perience as one of the best big 
league prospects in an outfielder de- 
reloped in years. He plays left fleld 
for the Bronx Giants, one of the 
strongest of New York's semi -pro 
teams. Page Is a good right handed 
hitter, a sensational outfielder, who 
can go back a mile or come in an 
equal distance and get 'em. He Is 
fast on the bases and needs nothing 
but experience to develop him into 
one of the game's shining lights. 
Parental opposition an assured po- 
sition and his semi-pro earnings 
have induced Page to turn down 
several big ' *gue offers. 

Sid Silverman (Variety) played 
considerable baseball at St. John's 
Military Academy, Manlius, N. Y., 
and continued the game as a mem- 
ber of Variety's office team of two 
seasons ago, which went through 
the season with but one defeat 
chalked up against it. He !. a fast 
joungster . with a great whip who 
can hit, field and run bases with the 
best of New York's semi -pros. 

Other good ball players among 
the show bunch are ^ete Mack 
(Lights Club); Jeff Davis (Lfghts 
Club); Paul Dempse;- (Lights Club) ; 
Rags Leighton v Gus Hfll'i Min- 
strels). 

Professional ball pla\ers who have ! 
attempted stage careers as a cold { 
weather occupation have been num- j 
erous. Many opened, but few sur- j 
vived. Mike Donlii ("Turn to the J 
Right"), former captain and righf 
fielder of the World Champion New 
York Nationals, is on« of the fe... 
Donlin did a vaudeville act with 
Mabel Hite, his wife, and after her 
death continued in %'audeville with 

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Shows, Acts, Songs Written 

and Orchestrated. 

DR. J. MENDELSOHN 

STRAND THEATRE Bl.DO. 
157S BROADWAY. NEW YORK. 

Room 222. Phone Bryant 64*5. 



pitcher, who is still behind the foots. { accomodated, with the stimulus of 
Hughie Bradley, of the Boston watching associates play ball, and 
Nationals and Pittsburg Feds, is still the incentive to get into actior him- 
it. vaudeville as a member of "The self instead of being satisfied with 
Baseball Four." a quartet of ma e ! •* seaMn the big league grand stand, 
ex-ball players. j then will the physical benefits de- 

Billy Hallman, deceased, was an- | rived from the mor t healthful of all 
other big leaguer who was in bur- sports be hid, an dthc. will the base* 
lesque and vaudeville for years fol- ball teams of the various theatrical 
lowing his retirement from the dia- ' organizations climb out of ths 



mond. 

Marquard's Act. 

Rube Marquard, now with the I 
Brooklyn National League Club, did 
a vaudeville act as a partner of his 
wife, Blossom Seeley, and later with 
his own company. Marquard was I 
dependent upon his diamond popu- 
larity for theatrical success, which 
he discovered when he decide' to 
desert the diamond for the stage. 
Marquard was a hold out for one 



| joke class ajid make the best of ths 
jSmla step soma Con. 



NOTES. 



Pearl Regay will sail for England 
April 16, for a production engage* 
ment. 



"Mugflsy," a Boston bull, owned 
by AJ W. and Mrs. Bolland (Mar- 



a .son. but finally capitulated and or f Superba) d.ed of pneumon a 
returned to his real profession, where ** week ' , *l? M8y , b * gan "" 
he did a remarkable com- back for " ta « curc * r ,n "Brown of Harvard.- 



Wilbur Boblnson after being con- 
sidered all in as a member of ths 
(Jiants. • 

There are any number of good 
ball players among show people, 
many never become Identified with 
any theatrical team through the exi- 



Norman J. Theiae announces ha 
does not Intend to quit the stage 
with his "Spirit of Mardl Cras" act, 



A fox hunt will be the feature of 
the "round-up" of the Bridle Club 

geneies Of their "chosen profession. at Man,e V11,a Farm ' tne country 
3ut it is a common tight throughout 'V ] * c *°* Al C l' Field ' ncar Colum - 
the country to see actors, who have DUS * **» Feb. 22. 
a wide acquaintanci among profes- 



sional ball players, getting into uni - 



The Rylander, Americua, Ga., new 



form and working out with some : lo P u house, opened Jan. -J. last, 
minor league bunch. 

Baseball Jo the active participant 



Is one of the most interesting snd 
fascinating of all sports. It is well 
named the National Pastime and 



A collection taken up for Bill VI-: 
docq, the agent and form r actor, 
among employees In the Keith of- 



once played, the lure of the sport | nc « netted $270 for the benefit fund, 
never quite leaves the blood. 



A theatrical baseball league com- 



Th© Attorney General of South 



prising a representative team from ! Oakota has announced that he will 
each branch of the profession is I hegin a campaign of strict *nforce- 
among the possibilities of th- fu- jment of the present blue law* of the 
ture. The National Vaudeville Ar- j State unless they are repealed by 
tists is now lobk.ng fur an avail- ■ the Legislature, now in session. 

able site to 'erect its own diamond i 

ard in the event it is ready by next j Six moral battles arc coming at 
season a regular Schedule will be ' Albany, according to ine latest bul- 



p laved. 

The actor in New York City liv- 
ir g in the heart of things far away 
from green fields or play grounds 
has no Incentive to take a ball and 
glove and find a spot. Instead le 
grabs a taxi, journeys to the Polo 
Grounds and gets rid of his yen 
watching the stunts of the big 
leaguers. 



let in of the New York Civic League. 
The first is the state prohibition en- 
forcement law, the second a pic- 
ture censorship bill, the third and 
fourth regulation of billboard and 
pool rooms and dance hai'.?. the 
fifth, repeal of the "prize fight" 
law, and the sixth, repeal of the 
Sunday baseball and Surcliy film 
laws. The bulletin declares trial the 









AND HIS 



INNER CIRCLE INNER CIRCLE 

Shares can now be purchased. And take a friendly tip. BUY 
SOME — don't delay. This is a genuine business proposition, 
and many have taken advantage of it. 









'RECORD BREAKERS" 



Olympic Theatre, New York, Next Week (Feb. 7) 



WHY NOT YOU? 

James J. Morton 

245 West 47th St. 

ROOM 207 



If the day ever dawn* when the I passage of a censorship bill Is im- 
actors' organization has a field of ; POTOtlVO It claims that pictures 

• } have led boys to commit crimts, and 

demoralized young men and women 
and started .hem on the "-.nth of 
impurity," and that "conditions are 
so bad that some of the better mov- 
ing picture film manufacturers 
themselves favor censorship " The 
Walker Law Is characterize 1 as a 
"miserable failure and a scandal," 
and the promoters as "cruel, heart - 
less and greedy." The paper states 
that Sunday pictures and baseball 
bill were passed in favor of the big 
financial Interests and wero forced 
through as an aftermath of the war, 
Scattered through the bulletin are 
appeals for moral and financial sup- 
port, especially the latter. 





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(THE CLOWN) 
Always showing something new THIS WEEK (Ian. II )-KEITH'S Slst ST. THEATRE 

TO BE FOLLOWED BY SIX CONSECUTIVE WEEKS IN NEW YORK 

Management J. M. ALLISON 



The revised and rewritten 'Jim* 
Jam .Ferns" is scheduled to inaugur- 
ate its road campaign in at Stam- 
ford to-night (Friday). 

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JSDGMEHT 1EC01D. 

The following Judgments have 
been recorded la the office of the 
New York County Clerk, first name 
being that of debtor : 

James Talcott. Inc.; R. A. Walsh 
at at; $9,698.89. 

Edith Marshall; Opera House 
Realty Co.; costs, $112.45. 

American Flying Club; 3. B. | 
Davega Co.; $66.65. 

Mary Alden Walker (formerly 

Mary Alden); E. Edlnson; $122.$5. 

Oliver Productions Co.. Inc.; 

V. S. Fidelity 4b Guaranty Co.; 

$1,178.50. 

1482 Broadway Corp. (Fitzgerald 
Building); M Leonard. $16,132.65. 

M. 8. Oreenberg (United Phono- 
graph Co.); I. Flatow; $139.81. 

Signet Films, Inc.; People, etc.; 
$160. 

Legend Films Co., Inc.; J. W. 
Ford et al.; $217.32. 

North American Motion Pictures, 
Inc.; N. Y. Tel. Co.; $23.33. 

Altoona Music Roll Co.; D. J. 
McDermott; $3,198.92. 

Armenia Film Co.. Inc.; People, 
etc.; $60. 

Judgment Vacated. 
Community Motion Pictures Bu- 
reau (a Massachusetts corporation); 
Leopold Singer, $1,822.82. 

American Flying Club; L. A. Leh- 
maier; $123.88. 

American Flying Club; H. CI 
Keefe, $112.65. 



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JAMES MADISON says: 

r nm going to make \"SZ\ the b'ggest 
year of my career. To do this I must 
write the best acts of my career. My 
landlord still collects his monthly stipend 
at 1403 Hroadway. N. Y. 



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Valentine Babe 
Venenlaa Irsne 
Vivian Harry 
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Ward Peggy 

Western Helen 
Whelan Billy 
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Williams Peggy 
Willis Bob 
Wilson Victor 
Wlnton Vis let 
Wirth Beatrlcs 



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JOS. HART Presents 



WILFRED CLARKE 

ASSISTED BY 

GRACE MENKEN arid Company 

in Their Great Laughing Hit 

"NOW WHAT?" 



CAM. HcCULLOUGH 

wag a HIT for 
OLIVER MOKOSCO 
la •'CANARY COTTAQas" 
t» 19U-191T 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

wag a HIT for 

ARTHUR HAMMKRSTKIN 

la "YOU'RE IN LOVE" in 19 IT 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

wan a HIT for, 

JACK NORWORTH 

in "ODDS and ENDS" in 19 IK 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

wan a HIT for MOSS and BRILL 
in 1*18 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

wan a HIT for 

ORPHBUM CIRCUIT in 1911 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

was a HIT for THE SHUBERTS 
in "HELLO ALEXANDER" 
in 1919 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

was a HIT for MARCUS LOEW 
in 1919 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

was a HIT for 

ARTHUR HAMMERSTEIX 

in "TUMBLE IN" in 1919-1920 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

was a HIT for 

PANT AGES VAUDEVILLE 

in 1939-1931 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

was a HIT for 

GUS SUN Vaudeville 

1997-1909 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

was a HIT for 

JOE WOOD Vaudeville 

in 1909 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

was a HIT for 

WILLIAM MORRIS in 1909-1919 



IN 

"SQUIRREL 

HAVEN" 

I will give the publlo a novelty 

for a single wits my own 

accompanist. 

A beautiful setting 

by Eugene Cox, 

The Urban of Chicago! 

COMEDY SONGS 

EVERYTHING 

NEW 

AND this act eaa be put into a 

REVUE as if it were 

WRITTEN in the 

ORIGINAL BOOK. 

TO SONG WRITERS! 

I shall be in the market for 

CHARACTER COMEDY SONGS 

RUBE. ITALIAN or IRISH 

ADDRESS 

MORRISON HOTEL 

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 

WEEKS JAN. SI st and 
FEB. 6th. 

MANY THANKS 

TO 

MUSICAL COMEDY 
MANAGERS 

ANT> 

PRODUCERS 

FOR 
THBHst 

KIND 
OFFERS 

FOR 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

was a HIT for 
KLAW & ERLANGER 
McINTYRE and HEATH 
IN HAYTI CO. in 1910 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

was a HIT for 
SULLIVAN-COXSIDINas 
in 1910-1911 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

was a HIT for the W. ▼. M. J 
is 1911 



COMING 
SEASON 

BUT 

HAVING HAD IN 

PREPARATION 

FOR SOME TIME 

MY NEW VAUDEVILLE 

VEHICLE 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

was a HIT for the INT ERST AT] 
in 1911 



a 



SQUIRREL 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

was a HIT for the 
ORPHEUM CIRCUIT 

in 1911 and 191L' 

CARL McCULLOUGH 

was a HIT for the INTERSTATE 
in 1912 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

was a HIT fot KEITH CIRCUIT 
In 1912-1913 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

was a HIT for 

ORPHEUM CIRCUIT 

in 1913-1914 



CARL McCULLOUGH 

was a HIT for ORpflKUM 
W. V. M. A. and UNITED 

la 1915-1919 



HAVEN" 

/ Shall 
Produce Same 

Rt CHATEAU THEATRE 
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 

FEBRUARY «, 7, 9 and 9 

MANAGERS who are seeking 
UNUSUAL acts. will take notice! 

MY past records of BUCCesBBB 
recorded herein shows that I liuve 
played by former act, ' I'OOT- 
LTOHT IMPRESSION." on all 
i he vaudeville circuit! of tM 
omntry, and with mK|UaHfl€« 

■ucctas! 



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"A 11 -Jazz Revue" 7 Gilmore 
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Around the Town'* 7 Avenue De- 
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' "Kuthing Beautif.s" 7 Huymarket 
[CMragO 14 Park Indianapolis. 

"Beauty Revue" 7 Gayety Brook- 
i 14 Olympic New York. 
1 -Beauty Trust" 7 Gayety Mil- 
waukee 14 Haymarket Chicago. 



"Best Show In Town" 7 Gayety 
Kansas City 14 L. O. 

"Bon Tons" 7 Empire Brooklyn 14 
People's Philadelphia. 

"Bostonlans" *-8 Berchel Des 
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"Bowerys" 7 Orpheum Paterson 
14 Majestic Jersey City. 

"Broadway Belles" 7 Century 
Kansas City 13-15 Lyceum St. Jose. 

"Cabaret Girls" 10 Rajah Reading 
11-12 Grand Trenton 14 Bijou Phila- 
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"Cute Cuties" 7 Park Indianapolis 
14 Gayety Louisville. 

"Flashlights of 1920" 7 Gayety De- 
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"Follies of Day" 7 Gayety To- 
ronto 14 Gayety Buffalo. - 

"Follies of Pleasure" 7-9 Cohen's 
Newburg 10-12 Cohen's Poughkeep- 
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"Folly Town" 7 Empire Newark 14 
Casino Philadelphia. 

"French Frolics" 7LOH Gayety 
Brooklyn. 

"Girls De Looks" 7 Majestic Jer- 
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field 16 Stamford 17-19 Park Bridge- 
port. 

"Girls from Follies" 7 Victoria 
Pittsburgh 14 Penn Circuit. 

"Girls from Happyland" 7 Gayety 
Pittsburgh 1416 Grand Akron 17-19 
Park Youngstown. 

"Girls from Joyland" 7 Empire 
Cleveland 14 Avenue Detroit. 



"Girls of U. S. A." 7 Casino Boston 
14 Grand Hartford. 

"Golden Crook" 7 Olympic Cincin- 
nati 14 Columbia Chicago. 

"Grown Vp Babies" 7 Gayety Bal- 
timore 14 L O. 

Hastings Harry 7 Gayety Boston 
14 Columbia New York. 

"Hip Hip Hurrah" T Gayety 
Omaha 14 Gayety Kansas City. 

"Hits and Bits" 7 L O it Okj l tf ' 
St. Louis. 

"Hurry Burly" 7 Empress Clncin- 
nati 14 Lyceum Columbua. 

"Jazs Babies" 7 Star Brooklyn 14 
Empire Hoboken. 

"Jingle Jingle" 7 Gayety Wash- 
ington 14 Gayety Pittsburgh. 

"Jollities of 1920" 7 Gayety Buf- 
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"Joy Riders" 7 Gayety Min- 
neapolis 14 Gayety St. Paul. 

"Kandy Kids" 7 Empire Hoboken 
14-16 Cohen's Newburg 17-10 
Cohen's Poughkeepsie. 

Kelly Lew 7 Star and Garter Chi- 
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Jose 14 Ciayety Minneapolis. 

"Lid LffterB'.':7 Bijou Philadelphia 
14 Star Brooklyn. ' 

"London Belles". 7 Lyric Dayton 
14 Olympic Cincinnati. 

"Maids of America" 7 Casino 
Brooklyn 14 Empire Newark. 

Marion Dave 7 Empire Albany 14 
Casino Boston. 

"Million Dollar Dolls" 7 Miner's 
Bronx New York 14 Casino Brook- 
lyn. 

"Mischief Makers" 7 Star Toronto 
14 Academy Buffalo. 

"Monte Carlo Girls" 7-8 Armory 
Binghamton 9 Elmira 10-12 Inter 
Niagara Falls 14 Star Toronto. 

"Naughty Naughty" 7 Worcester 
Worcester 14 Gilraore Springfield 

"Parisian Flirts" 7 Cadillac De- 
troit 14 Engelwood Chicago. 

"Parisian Whirl" 7 Columbia Chi- 
cago 13-15 Berchel Des Moines. 

"Peek a Boo" 7-9 Park Youngs- 
town 1012 Grand Akron 14 Star 
Cleveland. 

"Powder Puff Revue" 79 Bastnble 
Syracuse 10-12 Gayety Utica 14" 
Gayety Montreal. 

"Puss Puss" 7 L O 14 Trocadero 
Philadelphia. 

"Razzle Dazzle" 7 Academy Buf- 
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Reeves Al 7 Palace Baltimore 14 
Gayety Washington. 

Reynolds Abe 7 Empire Provi- 
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"Record -Breakers" 7 Olympic 
New York 14 Gayety Newark. 

"Roseland Girls" 7 Grand Hart- 
ford 14 Jacques Waterbury. 

Singer Jack 7 Gayety Rochester 
14-16 Bastable Syracuse 17-19 Ga> - 
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"Snappy Snaps" 7 Gayety Mon- 
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"Social Follies" 7 Standard St 
Louis 14 Century Kansas City. 

"Soei:.l Maids" 7 Ilurtig & Sea- 
mon'a New York 14 Orpheum Pater- 
son. 

"Some Show" 7-9 New Bedford 
New Bedford 10-12 Academy Fall 
River 13-14 Worcester Worcester. 



"Sporting Widows' "^ Casino Phil- 
adelphia 14 Miners Bronx New 
York. 

"Step Lively Girls" 7 Gayety St. 
Louis 13 Star and Garter Chicago. 

Stone and Pillard 7 Gayety St. 
Paul 14 Gayety Milwaukee. 

"Sweet Sweeties" 7 Englewood 
Chicago 14 Standard St. Louis. 

•Tempters" 7 Trocadero Philadel- 
phia 14 Majestic Scranton. 

"Tid Bits 1920" 7 Majestic Scran- 
ton 14-15 Armory Binghamton 16 
Elmira 17-19 Inter Niagara Falls. 

"Tiddledy Winks" 7 Howard Bos- 
ton 14-16 New Bedford New Bed- 
ford 17-19 Academy Fall River. 

"Tittle Tattle" 7 Lyceum Colum- 
bus 14 Empire Cleveland. 

"Town Scandals" 7 People's Phil- 
adelphia 14 Palace Baltimore. 

"20th Century Maids" 7 Perth 
Amboy 8 Plainfleld 9 Stamford 10-12 
Park Bridgeport 14 Empire Provi- 
dence. 

"Twinkle Toes'" 7 Star Cleveland 
14 Empire Toledo. 

"Victory Belles*' 7 Jarques Water- 
bury 14 Ilurtig & Seamon's New 
York. 

"Whirl of Mirth" Gayety Newark 
17 Bajah Reading 18-19 Grand Tren- 
ton. 

White Pat 7 Gayety Louisville 14 
Empress Cincinnati. 

Williams Mollie 7 Columbia New 
York 14 Empire lirooklyn. 



Strand, "Notorious Mrs. Lisle;" Em- 
pire, "Cleopatra." 

Simultaneous with the announce- 
ment of the Incorporation of the 
Shubert Advanced Vaudeville Co., 
Manager Oishei of the Teck issued 
a statement verifying last summer's 
announcements that a vaudeville 
theatre is to be built this year be- 
tween the Teck Auditorium and the 
corner of Main and Edward streets. 
The new house, which will seat 
2,700, will lie in front of the present 
theatre with the entrance at the 
south end of the building in Main 
street. 



The new stock organization oper- 
ating at the Prospect has hit the to- 
boggan. The house will close Satur- 
day. The theatre is Owned by the 
Keith interests. In consideration of 
the predicament of the actors as a 
result of the slump, E. F. Albee 
agreed to waive the rent for this 
week and the proceeds Will be di- 
vided among the actors and stage 
attaches. 



ATLANTIC CITY. 

By CHARLES SCHEUER. 

All is quiet along the Board- 
walk, theatrically. At the Apollo 
"Mary" last week, and no one seems 
eager to play against the Cohan 
opus. 

One of those reputed to have can- 



Burton Green was out of the 
Franklin -Green turn at Shea's all 
last week with a se ere attack of 
grippe. Miss Franklin appeared 
single and with the assistance of 
Director Herman Sehultz at the 
piano, won fayorable comments from 
the critics. 




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Wraps, Coatees, Dol- 
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celled was William A. Brady, who 
at first had planned to open 'The 
Haunted Houfl£" at the Globe. The 
('•lobe used a film drama rather 
than keep dark house. 



Justice Marcus in Supreme Court 
this week denied a motion for 
change of venue from Batavia to 
New York City of the $250,000 
damage suit brought by Frank Spell - 
man against Jack Dempsey and 
Jack Kerns. Frank McCoy of New 
York appeared for the defendants. 

Ray Comstock who used to call 
Buffalo home, demonstrated once 
more the truth of the old adage that 
a prophet is not appreciated in his 
own country — or city. When "Aph- 
rodite" blew Into town for a week at 
the Teck, the press stuff for the 
show both in quantity an 1 eharaeter 
was little short of remarkable. It 
had the town on edge. 

Tuesday's newspaper reviews of 



This week at the Globe the Shu- 
berts present their new play "Cog- 
nac," while at the Apollo "Shavings" (were 
plays a return engagement. 

Woods prefers to remain dark. 



BUFFALO 

BY SIDNEY BURTON 

Majestic— "The Acquittal." Mel 
with Cohan trimmings drawing ex- 
cellent business. 

Shubert Teck— "Scandal.'^ Getting 
money here on reputation.* 

Films— Lyric, "Fourteenth Man;" 



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the performance .almost without ex- 
ception tore the show to shreds. So 
savage were the critics' onslaughts 
that it appeared as though they were 
going out of their way to rap the 
spectacle. The News called it "tar- 
nished," "dull." and "not suggestive 
but frankly nasty." Other reviews 
In a similar VL-in. Added to 
| this, Thursday's News carried a 
J story that business had fallen off 
1 due to the fact that the cast were 
wearing tights instead of appear- 
ing in the nude and stated that "can- 
cellation of reservations Is very 
heavy." 

Out of Justice to the production it 
may be said that the show, while ob- 
viously prepared for the road, was 
not nearly as bad as the newspaper? 
represented and that at $3.50 top 
the box office reported business close 
to capacity. Vigorous denials were 
made that there had been any noti- 
ceable cancellation cf orders. 



Pearl of Great Price," may be the 
attraction at the opening of Woods' 
new theatre in Chicago, Apollo, this 
month. McLaughlin's "Fires of 
Spring" Is on the waiting list for 
an early production in New York. 



Two innovations In Cleveland will 
be inaugurated by Robert McLaugh- 
lin at the opening of % the new Ohio 
theatre next Monday. Ten dollars 
will be the price for orchestra seats 
and a row of furnished boxes in the 
rear of the balcony will be reserved 
for lady smokers, who can enjoy* 



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BROADWAY.— "The 
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DENHA M— "Lombard! 
Wilkes Players. 

"Black Gold," a new play by 
Ernest Wilkes, was tried out in the 



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CLEVELAND. 

By J. WLSON ROY. 

George White's "Scandals of 1920" 
at the Opera House (second week); 
"Maytimc," Shubert-Colonlal, and 
"Kick In" at the Prospect. 

Film houses— Euclid, 'The Pen- 
alty"; Stillman, "Heliotrope"; Park. 
"Hold Your Horses"; Hoffmann 
Palace, "Lahoma"; Strand and Met- 
ropolitan, "The Devil." 



The new Allen picture house Is 
announced for opening March 14. 
and the new Hanna same month. 




EDDIE MACK 



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No.. 16 



FRANK VAN HOVEN, internationally famous as 
a comedian and well known as a careful dresser, is 
at the Palace, New York, now, and clothed by EDDIE 
MACK. Van Has been a grand booster for my 
clothes; the greatest recommendation being that he 
wears EDDIE MACK'S clcthes. 



1582-1584 Broadway 

Opp. Strand Theatre 



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Opp. Columbia Theatre 



Early Monday morning a safe in 
the Orpheum theatre was blown and 
$1,155 in cash was taken, and the 
strong box nt the Yale theatre was 
looted of $10. 



William Lampe Ts assistant man- 
ager at Keith's, succeeding Henry A 
Dykeman, who resigned recently on 
Ins appointment as state fire mar- 
shal. Lampe is trom New York. 



According to present plans, the 
new play by Robert McLaughlin. 
manager of the Opera House. "The 

"YOU'LL BE SURPRISED" 

JAZZ SII.K HANDKERCHIEFS 

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Ken Mefi kriown at tlie "You'll St Surprised." ja/7 
Mlk hsindkerj>W«*--^|t It • miniature pair of lady's 
tilk bloom art worn IB the pocket at a handker- 
( Mef. Splendid artlcla. A pocket full of fun. 
Tool fOOf friend*. CaWmia » laiiah ercry mln ite 
Saw pit tubmittad far Mk. (combination act of two 
"■»t Sl.('»> prepaid, in Canada 60c. each. rath. 
no attmpa. OaaW n\y- line proposition for afrnta. 
fat/ worker*. Urber ahopa. billiard parlora. Dear 
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money refunded. Cut W. Cafcati 4 Brtthtf, Dtat. 
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General Manager, 
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New York City, If. T. 



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carry a "grouch bag". I know whereof I apeak for 
I carried one myself. But Never Apaln . 

In the summer of 1915 I raade plans to 8penfl 
a pleasant season at the sea shore, I saved up 
for this occasalon, eleven one hundred dollar 
bills which I carried In a groucfc bag. I lost th# 
grouch bag and also my vacation. From that day oA v 
any money I wanted to keep on my person I had 
changed Into "American Express Traveler! Cheques? 
and am happy to say that since doing so, I have 
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BEN BORNSTEIN, General Manager HERMAN SCHENCK, Prof. Manager • 

CHICAGO— Loop End Bldg., 177 N. S'.ate St., Eddie Lswis, M S r. BOSTON, 224 Tremont St., Billy Harrison, M«r. DETROIT— tuxedo Hotel, H.rfy Morris, Mgr 
SAN FRANCISCO— Pantnges Theatre Bldg.,. Carl Lnmont. Mgr. PHILADELPHIA - 1 020 Chestnut St., Harry Link, M.r 



Denham. The piece drew fair 
crowds, and displayed certain en- 
joyable .aspects. Press comments 
did not soar in praise. Thia^story 
deals with the adventures of a lit- 
tle girl of the Pollyanna type, in 




Guerrini&Co. 

Tbt Ltatflni Mi 
laratsl 

Accordion 
Factory 

IS) Mis Units* State* 
Th* -mly r*rtor» 
tnst flfiaka» sn> «•< 
Of Rtcds «ad» rr» 

hand 
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ffaa Francitca Csi 



New York. Not much originality. 
Mr. Wilkes' last venture in Denver 
was "False Gods." 



Mantell next week. 

A censorship bill has been Intro- 
duced into the State Legislature 
and picture men arc lifting up their 
forces to fight it. 

_ 

DES MOINES 

By DON CLARK. 

Strand, Des Moines' newest, 
opened Feb. 1. 1,500 seats. K. H. 
Helmts is manager and Willard 
Moore musical director. A. H. Blank 



WARNING 

THE GIRL IN THE FRAME 

BY MAY FOSTER AND CO. 

Hava api<lle<l for a patent on tlif r J>i<.p, which I* th«>ir own idea, ami infrtngcri 
*H1 be proiccuted to tho full ixtant of tho law. My Attorney* are Milo B Bt< • M 
4 Co. 



dwns the theatre. "Forbidden Fruit" 
opening. 



Marcus Lqew will play Locw 
vaudeville at the Liberty, Daven- 
port, la., and Is planning a new 
house for that city. Work has 
stopped on the Alhambra, Dei 
Moinai, owing .tb local .financial dif- 
ficulties. Locw has leased that 
house for vaudeville. 



A. H. Blank has purchased the 
Amuzu at Clinton, la. 



"Tiger Rose" at Berchel. 



*Tn Old JCentucky," stock, Prin- 
cess. Next Week "Friendly Ene- 
mies." 



Des IColnei Little Theatre Society 
ha* announced state play writing 
contest. Winning manuscript will be 
produced in April. 

At film houses: "Heliotrope" nt 

Dei Moines; "Mmc. Peacock" ;it 

iRialto; "Girl With .Jazz Heart" .if 



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DETROIT 



By JACOB SMITH. 

SHUBERT-DETROIT — "Cinder- 
ella on Broadway,* second week; 
business not good. It In the first 
big revue to do such a flop here. 
Next, "Maytime." 

NEW DETROIT Chauneey CM- 
CO tt 111 "MacuHhla;" Next, Twin 
Beds. 

GARRICK— "The Sign on tho 
Door." Next. "As You Were." 

Pictures: "Tho Kid," Madison, 
two weeks; "Paying the "Piper," 
second week, Broadway; "The Last 
of the Mohicans," Washington; "19 



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and Phyllis," Adams; "Marriage of 
William Ashe," Colonial. * 



As a result of the morning per- 
formances given at the 600 picture 
theatres throughout Michigan Jan. 
29, approximately $50,000 was con- 
tributed to the Hoover Fund for 
Starving Children. 

Henry Theis and dance orches- 
tra ope d at the Cadillac hotel 
Tuesday. Mr. Theis has a tre- 







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BY VOLNTY B. FOWLER 

Mu rat •— "Floradora;" next, "Take 
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English's— "Old Homestead." first 
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seat 1,200. The Central Amuse- 
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tkarak> aa< eat> aava traa U ta PJ par saat aa tka prlea. tut avail tkaataalvaa at thf arlvllapt 
m ear aanvaalaat PafprraJ payaaat ayataa. tka aipat liberal ta Nta *•* far over a puartar af t 
aaa tan- 



managers. Business was above the 
average at most of the houses, and 
several had turn-aways. At the 
Shubert "Irene," headed by Cath- 
erine Mulqueen,. and with Annie 
Hart and Amelia Summerville, 
playing at $2.50 top, did capacity, 
while "The Sweetheart Shop," at 
the Grand, at $2 turned them away 
several nights. Both shows were 
strongly advertised and the critics 
wero unanimous in their approval. 
One paper pulled a novel stunt with 
these attractions. It sent reviewers 
to each the opening night and the h 
following night had the critics 
change shows. Th two then wrote 
a column story with alternate para- 
graphs respecting the merits of the 
two attractions. Each critic claimed 
the show he saw first was the best, 
the dramatic editor, who caught the 
"Irene" show first, closing the story 
with "They are both good shows. 
If I had my way about it, I'd look 
at *The Sweetheart Shop' and listen 
to Irene.' " It helped business for 
both. 

This week the scales at the two 
houses are reversed, the Shubert 
having "Nighty. Night" at $2, while 
the Grand will get $2.50 for the 
"Century Midnight Whirl." 



is the so-called "Slacker bill." It 
would prevent actors from wearing 
the uniform of the United States in 
public performances or pictures un- 
less the actor is or has been a mem- 
ber of the army, navy or marine 
corps. A fine up to $1,000 is pro- 
vided. The bilL is backed by the 
National Loyalty League. It is 
claimed that United States Senator 
Spencer, of Missouri, has agreed to 
introduce a similar bill in Congress. 
Another 4>ill has been introduced 
prohibiting Sunday picture shows, 
theatrical performances or circuses, 
and still* another making it a mis- 
demeanor for a picture show to sell 
an admission ticket when all seats 
in the house have been sold, and 
requiring the management to return 
the admission fee. 



The "Sweetheart Shop," with the 
original company, which has been 
playing the Grand theatre this 
week, makes but two stops between 
here and the Coast, where it Is 
scheduled for seven weeks. Denver 
is the next stand, with El Paso, then 
Los Angeles, two weeks; San Fran- 
cisco, four weeks, and Oakland a. 
week. 



The lawmakers of this State are 
certainly trying to make Uninterest- 
ing for the amusement managers. 
Among the bills already Introduced 



<zAngelii$ ? /* 

Cleansing Cream 

o 
For "Beauty's sakt\ us^*^fti^elUs 



A bill known as the "equal 
rights" bill, which promises to 
cause trouble if passed, has just 
been introduced in the House of 
Representatives of Kansas. It pro- 
vides that all hotels or theatres In 
Kansas must give to negroes equal 
accommodations under all circum- 
stances. The bill has grown out of 
the efforts of negroes (n some of 
the cities to compel the theatres to 
sell them tickets for the downstairs 
seats and the refusal of some hotels 
to accept negrooe as guests. The 
theatres all have segregated negroes 
from other patters in the past. 



COLONIAL HOTEL 

Seveath A to. Kaat Calgary, Alta. Can. 
S2.PP Deuble— $1.25 »(«••.*— Hot aaP tola* wattr. 
Prhate FtjP PP •» Eaery Roe at. 

CHicA<ib7TilZ~ 
HOTEL WASHINGTON 

$*.$• a Day had I'p 

With or Without ItjtJi 
Washington St.. Bet. In Halle and Welle 
Catering ta Orphe uw Ai ta . 

HOTEL ASTOR" 

17$ N. Clark St.. Near Randolph St. 
CHICAGO. ILL. 

Ratea $1.60 Per fray and Up 
One Block trnm Palace Theatre 



NEW TREMONT HOTEL 

2lrS9 So. Dearbora Si. < UK \t.o 

Kverytuiap; New and Modern 
A. 8INGER, M a nager 



HOTEL CLARENDON 

No. Clark aad Ontario Streets. Chicago. 

Vive minutes from loop 
bates ii 00 and ip 

SAVOY HOTEL 

$2.00 aad Cp without Rath 

$3.00 aad Up with Bath 

J. Q. NICHOLS. Mgr. and Prop. 

17th and Broadway DENVER. COLO. 



HOTEL BALTIMORE 

$3.0$ PER DAT WITH BATH 

$S.0$ PER DAY WITHOUT BATH 

60$ ROOMS 

Baltinara Ata. A 12th St.. Kaataa City. Me. 



OMAHA. NEB, 

FONTENELLE HOTEL 

$3.00 » pay and Pp. 
Every It. on Wita Bath. 

l$th and DOUGLAS STS. 



A theatre lobby is as good a place 
for a wedding As sny, is the opinion 
of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stephenson, 
of Tulsa, Okla. Saturday the couple 
went *o Snpulpa, Okla., where they 
secured a marriage license. They 
located a local Justice of the pence 
on the main street and asked him 
to perform the ceremony. The 
brilliantly lighted lobby of a main 
street theatre was nearby, and the 
three stepped Inside, where the 
ceremony was performed. The 
owners of the house were the first 
to congratulate the couple. 



METROPOLE HOTEL 

OF ST. I.OCfS 
JuPt N. of Washington A Of, on 12 th St 

Special Theatrical Ratea 
$7.09 Per Week Up— Strictly Modern and 
Homelik e 

SEATTLE. WASH. 

WALDORF HOTEL 

tl.Sf and up without tnth. $1PP aad up with 
bath. WF.KKI.T RATKS. 

SEVENTH AVE. and PIKE ST. 



At the photoplays: "Paying the 
Piper," Newman; "The Frontier of 



A 3-Room A] ailment 

$33$ VA1 I K 

Conslfttlng nt all $91^ 
Terlod ruroltnre «P*^«J 



> 



A 4-Room Apartment 

$300 VALUE 
Ferl.K) Pornltore «Q7fl 
of Bare Benoty. «P«>I«J 

Bi.dl> reacoed rroa> Won Side a» 
f»il> ai 5PtP St Ooa#towr Oara. 



LIBFRAl. TE~.MS 



Value i tteek 

$100 $2.00 

$150 $2.35 

$'.MH) $t.50 

$30« $3 00 

$100 $4.00 

$500 $5.00 



Month 
$9.00 
$0.00 
$10.00 
$12.00 
$16.00 
$20.00 



Larger A mount Cp 
to $5,000 

Special 
Caah 

i •cminl. 



15% 



A 5-Koom Apartment 

$700 VALUE 
Incomparably Rich C£t>C 
Period Fornltnre VOmO 

A 6-Room Apartment 

' $1,000 VALCl 
Elaborate Oaalga* fl|*7rn 
la Period Furniture viOXJ 

We Deliver by Ante Frock 
Olrecf te Vnar Dana 




H. HICKS & SON 

675 Fifth Avenue, at 53d Street 

Have a little fruit delivered to your home or your 
friends — take it to your week-end outing 



THE LOCKWOOD CO. 

PREMIER THEATRICAL SUPPLIES 

REMOVED TO 823 RACE ST. PHILADELPHIA, PA. 

AGENCIES IN ALL LARGE CITIES. 

Mall ortlerp promptly attended to. Llata mailed on reqoeat. 



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the Stars,* New Royal: "Brewster** 
Millions," Twelfth Street. 



Local picture agencies have re- 
ceived word from Texas that eight 
moving picture thontr« mu nosers of 
Waco were arrested for operating 
their houses Sunday. This Is the 
lirst attempt In two years to close 
the theatres in Waco. 



The 18 -cent a Amission for women 
at week -day matinees Inaugurated 
by Manager Tom Taaffe of the, 
Ontury is proving a drawing card, 
and tho feminine attendance is on 
tho increase. 



The -Kansas City "Post" is trying 
out a special theatrical page daily. 
It Is edited by "Ace," and is given 
over exclusively to theatrics a«J 
picture news. 



UNIFORMS 



VS 



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The Most Important Feature of Your Act Is a Good Cub tain 

Many a good act is spoiled by a poor curtain. Don't handicap your act. Get a good start. Theatrical curtains in a 

variety of designs and colors, in velvets and painted satins. For sale and rent. 

BUMPUS & LEWIS, 245 West 46th Street bryant 2695 



Alia 

Theatrical aaP Character 

, COSTUMES 

of r'er> pearrtpaPhi Jto or« 

1 iff too 'mull .it*r«o ninvwIU 
S 000 Mluitratioaa. 

UNIFORMS 

Ant rnTljm N«tlf>n— Mill- 

rr. n or fatal. 

RUSSELL UNIFORM CO. 

I.nrnr«i Cniforto and Eptttp* 

Pieill Miikrrs. 

I60n Broarfwa). Naw York. 

IMione: Hryint 1163 














VARIETY 



-T"i ' ' ,1 



3= 



E. F. ALBEE, President 



J. J. MURDOCH, General Manager 



F. F. PROCTOR, Vice-President 



B. F. Keith's Vaudeville Exchange 



B. F. KEITH 



(AGENCY) 

(Palace Theatre Building; New York) 

EDWARD F. ALBEE A. PAUL KEITH 



F. F. PROCTOR 



Founders 



HODGDON 



Marcus loew's 

» 

BOOKING AGENCY 

General Executive Offices 
Putnam Building, Times Square 

» 

New York 



J. H. LUBIN 



General Manager 



Mr. Lubin Personally Interviews Artists Daily 

Between 11 and 1 



AMALGAMATED 

VAUDEVILLE 
AGENCY 

1441 Broadway, New York 

Now Booking 12 Consecutive Weeks 

Four weeks in Philadelphia without carfare — 
balance of time in immediately vicinity. 

The Gas Sun Booking Exchange Co. 

Booking Vaudeville from Coast to Coast 



draw at 1 o'clock in t lie' afternoon. 
The proceeds went to the Welfare 
League. 

NEW ORLEANS 

BY O. M. SAMUEL. 

TV LANE.— Neil O'Brien'* Min- 
strels. • 



m\w\\ 






E. Galizi A Bro. 

Umuat Profa* 
aoael Amonttea 
SMrfMHW tad 
Rep* Inn. 

InroapartbU dae- 
dal wort*. Raw 
idu r » *n Utf 

I sum k«f*. 

Kty* 

Tel. rnuiKlm MS 

Ne» Vwl Clt» 
til Ctaal ttrwl 



LYRIC— Bennett's Colore : Car* 
nival. 

STRAND.— 'The Branding Iron.* 



i • CHICAGO OFFICE 

Masonic Temple Building 

J. C. MATTHEWS in Charge 



2 w *m w» si 



I 
1 



1 



THE 



ORPHEUM as 



MARTIN BECK, MORT H. SINGER, 

President General Manager, 

CHARLES E. BRAY, , 

General Western Representative 

FRANK VINCENT, 8. LAZ LANSBURGH, 

GEORGE GOTTLIEB, BENJ ' B ' sw^JJdTrw. 

Managers' Booking Dept. Law DepL 

E. H. CONWAY, • JOHN POLLOCK, 

Publicity and Promotion Press Dept. 

O, R. McMAHON, 
Manager Auditing Department 

GENERAL OFFICES, 

PALACE THEATRE BUILDING, NEW YORK CITY 



1 



WAYNE CHRISTY 

212 Putnam Bldg. 

NEW YORK CITY 



CONEY HOLMES 
PAUL QOUDRON 
Woods Theatre Bldg. 
CHICAGO, ILL. 



H. H. NEER, New Regent Theatre Bldg., SPRINGFIELD, 0. 



Theodore G rune w aid has been 
111 the past several weeks, but Is 
reported on the road to recovery. 



The differences reported between 
Hodkins and Pantages have been 
settled amicably and have result-* 
ed in the switching of the Pantages 
Texas tour. Gaivest?.; to" to pre- 
cede New Orleans in the lay out 
instead of Dallas. New Orleans 
may have a Saturday opening. 



The closing of the old Orpheum 
Sunday night may be attended with 
some show of affection by the ar- 



WARDROBE PROP. 
TRUNKS, (10.00 



J. W. TODD 

726 Brisbane Bldg. 
BUFFALO, N. Y. 



HOWARD ROYER 

205 Apollo Bldg. 

PITTSBURGH, PA. 



BERT LEVEY CIRCUIT 
VAUDEVILLE THEATRES 



ALCAZAR THEATRE BUILDING 



SAN FRANCISCO 



PAUL GOUDRON 

EASTERN REPRESENTATIVE. WOODS THEA. BLDO., CniCAOO. 



Tho claim of the management of 
the "Step Lively Girls" that they 
have tho youngest and prettiest 
chorus on the "wheel" cannot be 
successfully disputed to date, as it 
is unquestionably the liveliest and 
snappiest bunch seen here this 
season. 



The Lew Kelly show came near 
breaking another house record at 
the Gayety last week. It got right 
at $9,200. which is going somo for 
this house. 



Irving Ackerman, Coast, was here 
last week. He stated It was the in- 
tention to so locate their houses 
that they could route an act from 
New York to tho Coast and back 



TRUNKS 

For the Theatrical Profession 
Strand Luggage Shop 

Th« Luggage Shop With a Con»cUnc«. 

••3 SIXTH AYR.. Rot. Stth a 40th St*. 

"Open Ermines Till V 



without having to double over the 
same territory. 



The headquarters of the Kansas 
State Board of Picture Censors will 
not be moved to Topeka, as was 
urged by some, the bill to that effect 
having been killed in the committee. 



Business at' the two burlesque 
uoasts continues ta hold up to Jbe 
standard. Thursday was Burlesque 
Club Day, and the gross receipts of 
tht Gayety and Century, some two 
thousand dollars, were sent in to 
add a few more bricks to the new 
clubhouse. 






LOUISVILLE 

By JOHN M. FRANCI8. 
Griffiths "Way, Down East," sec- 
ond week at Macauley's. Last week 
it did the largest business any pic- 
ture has ever recorded in Louisville, 
at $2 top, tho highest price asked 
for a film here since "Birth of a 
Nation." "Chu Chin Chow" next 
week. 



"Kismet." at the Majestic, gave 
"Way Down East" good run for 



Acts Routed from 10 to 40 Weeks 

Artists Can Book Direct 

WRITE, WIRE, PHONE NEAREST OFFICE 

Feiber & Shea. 

Theatrical Enterprises 
1493 Broadway 

(PUTNAM BUILDING) 

New York City 



The Western Vaudeville 
Managers 9 Association 

John J. Nash, Business Manafer. Thomas J. Carmody, Booking Manager 

5th Floor SUt*>Lake Theatre Bldg. CHICAGO, ILL. 



Big Bargain* Have baas aeed. 

a few Second Hand Innovation and Fibre 
Wardroba Trunk*, tit and 111. A few 
extra large Property Trunk*, also eld 
Taylor and Bal Trunk* Parlor Floor, 
II W*et I let Street. New York City. 

tists on the bill and attaches. Some 
of the employes have been at the 
house many, many years. The 
stage manager, Ed Mather, one of 
.he most proficient in the country, 
lias been on the Job for nearly 18 
yff.rs, John Cruse, assistant man- 
ager, has been in line for 20. The 
orchestra leader, Em lie Tosso, with 
a national reputation among vaudc- 
villians, has wielded the baton If 
years. Other staunch employes an* 
Touro Ulucksmann, Frank Mar- 
ciante and Joseph Alloy. The new 
Orpheum opens Monday. 

The final show at the old Or- 



M 



INERS 
AKE-UP 



Est. Henry C. Miner, Inc. 



BEN and 
JOHN 



FULLER 



AUSTRALIAN 
CIRCUIT 



VAUDEVILLE AND MELODRAMA PANTOMIME 

American Representative, A. BEN FULLER 

DELQER BLDG., 1005 MARKET, 8T. 

BAN FRANCISCO PHONE PARK 4332 



feature attraction honors tills wc*k. 



Frank Warren, stage electrician 
with "The Masquerader," secured a 
marriage license to wsd Margaret 
Cunningham, member of "The All 
Aboard for Cuba" while here. The 
■hows were at Macauljy's the same 
week on a split bill. Warren's home 



EVELYN BLANCHARD 

14M BBOAOWAT. WW YORK CITY 

See ana far big Uaee restricted material, 

■ketehee, eomedy eeta ataglea, Hte. Bte. 

ACTS SIWSITTEB. REHEARSED AMD 

Sffglggt ABSAStED. 






Is at Dallas. Tex., and his bride 
lives in Boston. 



Doc Baker and Billy Glason 
staged a unique "act" here last 
week. Both are former newsboys, 

and to settle a dispute of long 
standing as. to who was the better 
a contest whereby the argument 
could be settled was arranged. One 
of the local dailies furnished both 
with all the papers they needed 
and gave them the best "corners" 
In town. After both worked hard 
all morning the battle was called a 



pheum was limping along Monday, 
evening until the arrival of George 
Jessel and his revue. Then it picked 
up, the succeeding numbers hold- 
ing up also. Elly opening excited 
interest, eventually with a conclu- 
sive feat. Conventional routine prc- 
ceeding. Grant Gardner was a pill 
for the wiseacres, lie gave himself 
two encores, during which e cornet 
soloed. Gardner finally left, but was 
loath to do so. Frank Wilcox was 
neatly welcomed with the door 
slamming-sketch Idea, first brain 
child of mother vaudeville. His sup- 



"Headquarters for All Theatrical 

Makeup" 

MAC APPLETON 

I0CKW00D HESS MINER'S 
STEIN MEYEES 



•N EISMTH AVE.. N. Y. C. 
Bet, 4MA 44tft / 



MAIL ORDERS 

ATTENDED. TO 

!■■ 



port was adequate. Duffy and 
Sw ney were bloomer. They like 
ludicrous buffoonery nerf>, but It 
must have some basis. Watching 
two men lying en the stage beneath 
a table grand piano, licking stick 
candy and rolling over each other 
at intervals was anathema to the 
regulars. Jessel and his adroit 
method was never In doubt. No 
revue around in months has done 
as much. 

Henlere achieved creditable re- 
sults. He began slowly but grad- 
ually worked up the bracks with 



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B'way A 

Hat 81 




CAPITOL 

BEGINNING SUNDAE 

JUST OUT OF COLLEGE 

lly CEOROB ADK 
Starring JACK PICKFORD 

CAPITOL ORANO ORCHESTRA 
JiprpsenUtlonabyS. L, ItOTHAFKL 

" MARK 

STRAND 

"A National institution" 

■'WAY at 47th St. OlrKtlan Jostf h Plunkttt 

IlKGINNING HFNOAV 

CHARLES CHAPLIN 

In "THR KID" 

A FIRST NATIONAL, ATTRACTION 

COMEDY — RKVIKW— NKW8-- SCENIC 

8TRAND ORCHE8TRA 



B'way 40 ta St., Bvea. 1:11 
Mau.. Wed. A Sat. 2:18 



Cohan & Harris 

8AM R. HARR 



4I<L Eraa. 1:10. 
afatlnaat Wad. A 



•Taa Paaalar S 



nta 



.••— Eia. World. 



"WECOME STRANGER" 

A M«w Comedy by AARON HOFFMAN 
Vntb OEOBOE SIDNEY 



JOHN GOLDEN Present. 
rtANl BACON la 



•LIGHTNIN'* 

HAIITTV B-WAT A 4«m St. Btaa.l:St. 
u/ut ' 1 A kUta Wadnaadaj A Saturday. 



REPUBLIC 



W. 4* St. Era. t?t. 
Hats. Wad. tad Sat. IM. 



JOHN 0OLOCN rraaaats 



MALI HAMILTON 

BBS 

JAACCL.HU 



^'"DEARME" 



A SKLPBH COMEDY 



THIATBI. 
W. AM ST. 



ELT INGE 

teatags I SO Mau. Wadnaaday A Saturday !:». 

"LADIES' NIGHT" 



A f 

A S4JMBESLABO 
ALLYM KINO 



la Taraa As*. Wrta 

SHARIES RUS6LKA 
EVSLYN SOSNELL 



EMPIRE 

CHARLES FBOUMAN Preaenta 

RUTH CHATTERTON 

la a New riay 

"MARY ROSE" 

By J. M. HARRIS 



Belasco 



West 44th St.. Evea. at ISO 
Mata Thura. and 8at. t:IS 



DAVID BELASCO Preeeata 

UONEL ATWILL 

Iri"DEBURAU" 

A Comedy from the Fronch by Saeha 
Ouitry. adapted by Qranvllle Barker 



LYCEUM THEATRE 

Weet 49th St Mats.. Thuraday and Saturday. 

— SECONO YEAR— 

INA CLAIRE 



€4' 



'The Cold Digger #" 

AYEBT HOPWOOD'9 S&»rfclma Comedy. 



«! COHAN'S 3 BIG HITS 

Hudson 



u 



West 441 b St Crenlno I 30. 
Mats. Wad. and Sat. at 1:30. 

THE MEANEST MAN 
IN THE WORLD" 

Cast tuciudee OTTO KRUGER A Marlea Ceaklay 



QEO. 



COHAN **•**•. ■*»•» a m at. 

VyVyJA/Al^ 8Tat;3S. aUa.Wad.A8at 



ORJUTE3I MYSTERY OF THEM ALL. 

THE TAVERN" 

"WHAT'* THE SMOOTH, four 

Knickerbocker SSfttPaaa'at 

"MARY" 




8AM And QOLDIK 

HARRIS 

THE ACCOMPLISHED THEATRICIAN8 

SAY 
THE DRUNK AND DOPE NAVE PASSED. THE 
OLD NAN WILL BE NEXT. AS BOON AS THE 
MONKEY GLANDS START WORKING. 



"The Grand Army Man" 

JOE BOGGS 



ad WELLS 



BOGG41 



TOURING PANTAOBS CIRCUIT 

Direction, SAM BAERWITZ 



sc 



Bl* ad- 
•1*21," 



snowstorm and forest Are. 
vance sale on. 

Forrest— "Hitchy-Koo of 
Raymond Hitchcock. 

Walnut— "Pitter Patter/' mualcal 
comedy. Second week. Business 
exeellent, 

Shubert— "KissinR Time," musi- 
cal, with William Norris and Edith 
Taliaferro. Business good. 

Lyric — "Buddies." Hobart's pleas- 
ing story set to tuneful music. Don- 
ald Brian heads. Fourth week. 
Drawing well, but business might 

Adelphi— 'The Rose Girl." splen- 
did musical comedy, with music by 
Anselm Goetzl. Well staged; clever 
company, including Charles Purcell, 
Marjorie Gateson and ZOe Harnett. 
Business fair. 

Orpheura — "Daddy I>ong Legs," 
enchanting comedy, smartly pre- 
sented by Mae Desmond and play- 
er-s. Capacity. 



THE ORIGINAL 

Taw can aee what I am trying te da 

GIFF 

iu» hit laat week at the Sorrowful 
Mother Orphanage. Brooklyn, and a riot 
at the Klnaja County Children's Hoapttal, 
Brooklyn; Marina and Fox Hi 11a Hos- 
pitals. Staten Island, to follow. 

Stopped the show at the N. V. A. Club 
laat Sunday. 

Proctor's 58th Street. New* York, aaxt 
Monday. 

- Direction MORRIS A FRIT.. 



"Trifles" and "Three Pills in a Bot- 
tle." The plays will be given each 
night this week except on Friday 
rind on Tuesday and Thursday of 
next week. The theatre is located 
at 704 East Fayette street and the 
structure was formerly the edifice 
of the First Church of Christ. Sci- 
entist. The Little theatre announces 
one house rule that other profes- 
sional houses here might do well to 
follow — no one will be seated except 
before or between plays. 



GEO. BL COHANS 
OOMEOIANB' 



•»» (IWarM't 
at 



QOODJIMES" | 

! HIPPODROME 



■ATI BEE 
BAIEY 



MATS SELLING EIGHT 
WEEK8 IN ADVANCE 

PI AYHOII^P 48lhBL.E.ofB'y.Ef.i.Sf 
f "-M I nUUOl»MaU Wsd..Tbure.*8at. 

8EA80N'S 8EN8ATIONI 

MARY NASH 

In 4l Thy Name Is Woman" 

EXTRA MAT. THUU3. *g3csi» 



OBNT IT A qSjAMBj OLD NAME} 



TMBATBB. Oal Circle. Kaaa. 1:1*. 
Mala. Wed. (PaaO A Sat. at 111 



PARK 



FRANCIS OE WOLF 

WILSON & HOPPER 



IN A NEW 

AND 
WONDROUS 



"ERMINE" 



A QTPit> ™*A. bVPBJ * «5th. BWBi • 2«. 

*^^ lvl\ Mau. Wad. (Pop) A Bat. J:13. 

SEATS ON SALE S WEEKS IN ADVANCE 

MADGE KENNEDY 

HERSELF *££fijt 'CORNERED' 

WEDNESDAY MATINEE. BEST 8EAT8. $1.50 
SATURDAY MATINEE. BEST SEATS |2 00 



SYRACUSE, N. Y. 

BY CHESTER B. BAHN. 

WIBTINO.— 30-2, "Ireland In Ke- 
volt." Film. Handled hereabouts 
by Francis P. Martin, formerly 
house manager of the Kmpire. 
Business fair. I^st half, "Cinder- 
ella," by local talent. 

EMPIRK.— All week, < Robin 
Hood," revival, with cast chosen 
from Knights of Columbus Choral 
Society. Marked by excellent vocal 
work and absence of raggedness us- 
ually found in amateur attempts. 
Has double cast of principals to al- 
ternate. Costliest amateur produc- 
tion in years here, with an actual 
Sverhead of $6,500. Next week, first 
alf. "The Acquittal." 
BASTABLE.— First half, "Snappy 
Snaps," new Dave Marion show. If 
Dave really is responsible for the 
book, aa the program Insists, he has 
done very well indeed. It's alive 
with new stuff, and the drugstore 
scene, with Howard as a lolly-pop 
fiend. Is an example of pure satire, 
deserving of highest praise. Last 
half, dark. 



Syracuse has 38 theatres, accord- 
ing to a census just com plated by 
the Commissioner of Public Safety. 
It discloses that B. F. Keith's has 
the largest seating capacity, with 
2,ni>9. The Strand, with 1,900 seats, 
is the biggest film house. 



The Star, Ithaca, is to bo leased 
for five years by the State and used 
for armory purposes by the Ithaca 
National Guard units. 



Mildred Sherry, aged 8. of this city 
made her debut at B. F. Keith's last 
week at the children's matinee, play- 
ing the harp accompaniment for 
draco Nelson, who uppeared on the 
regular Keith program. 



Announcement was made at Utica 
Monday of the marriage of Charles 
William Harris, musician, now with 
Hotel Claridfce orchestra. New York, 
and Mabel Tresa Bennett (non-pro- 
fessional) of Utica. 



GUY 

RAWSON 

and 
FRANCES* 

CLARE 

BOOKED SOLID 




with the Empress Stock, In St. 
Paul's Hospital, but IS* reported re- 
covering. Paramount interests have 
two house* here. Dominion and 
Broadway, and in addition Capitol 
now being built. 



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"Abraham Lincoln" opened Suua> 
day niRht at tho National before a 



rapacity house, 
light" next' Week. 



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A new farce, "What's Your Num- 
ber?" presented by Julea Hurtig 
with a splendid cast, headed by 
dainty Marie Carroll, had its first 
showing at the Shtrbert-tlarrick 
Sunday. Reviewed elsewhere in 
this issue. 



Fred C. Barron joined the Mysart 
Players at Elmirn this week. 



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One of Thurston's assistants, Dr. 
Baldwin, left the organization dur- 
ing its recent stay here on account 
of poor health. He went to Cali- 
fornia. 



"Call the Doctor.** fair attendance 
! at Nixon. "Hitchy-Koo" next. 



Flames caused $1,000 damage 
when fire broke out In the film booth 
of the Glen. Watklns. The audience 
had passed out before the blaze was 
discovered. The house is owned and 
operated by David White. 



Nance O'Neil returned here after 
a long absence In "The Passion 
Flower" with a Monday night open- 
ing at the Shubert-Belasco. Re- 
turn of Guy Bat* s Post in "The 
Masquerader" next week. 



This la the day of the amateur In 
Syracuse. Legit, offerings at the 
local houses have been almost as 
scarce aa hens' teeth during the last 
couple of weeks, and, strictly from 
the dollars and cents, attitude. Is a 
question whether the house mana- 
gers are not making a grave mis- 
take in pusulng the rental policy. 
It certainly doesn't help the legit. 
business; money that would ordi- 
narily go for professional entertain- 
ment is poured Into the coffers for 
the amateur shows, with the result 
that the legit, productions which 
follow find it hard sledding. Be- 
tween the frequent rentals for home 
talent shows and the booking of 
fourth-rate road shows local house 
managers are apparently cutting 
their own throats. Speaking of the- 
atrical lemons. Syracuse was hand- 
ed one last week when "The Rain- 
bow*' moved into the Kmpire for the 
last half. It was a company with- 
out a real name and with a produc- 
tion that was road worn to the nth 
degree, but Syracuse was asked to 
pay S2 top for it, the same price that 
"Bab" and others of the first water 
commanded. 



Renwick Park as a film studio site 
will be a thing of the past if a civic 
movement launched at Ithaca meets 
with success. 



"Way Down East." film. Poll's; 
remarkably good business. "Broad* 
way Brevities" held over for addi- 
tional Sunday night, picture start- 
ing Monday night. 



VANCOUVER!. B. C. 

By H. P. NEWBERRY. 

Empress — Second week of "The 
High Cost of Loving" by Empress 
Players. Former Kolb A Dill suc- 
cess. 



Avenue — If, American Syncopated 
Orchestra. Anna Pavlowa and ballet 
25-26. $6. 



Royal — Kelly's Comedians. slrt 
Hunt and Olive Finney in leading 
roles. 



Edythe Elliott, loading woman 



The Texas Comedy Four. Ling 
and Long, the Three Walters, Kose 
Garden, Grace and Eddie Parks and 
a film make up the bill at Moore's 
Strand. 

Picture houses: Loew's Palace, 
"The Rookie's Return"; Columbia* 
"The Inside of the Cup"; Rial to. 
"Outside the Law"; Metropolitan. 
"Peaceful Valley" (also showing at 
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Shawn's "Xochltl" featured. 

Phil La Tosea sent the show away 
flying with Juggling that, while fa- 
miliar, score'd. Lady Alice's pets 
following kept pace. Lady Alice's 
vivacious manner had much to do 
with success. 

Sllber and North pleased 
set. however, hss some draggy mo- 
ments nnd could be prodded. Elm 
City four wero nicely spotted. 
Routine correctly arrsnged for pop 
audiences, to The boys had little 
trouble connecting. 

••Xochltl" proved the surprise of 
the year with Its colorful Indian tale 
beautifully told In dance and staged 
with mystery. The girls, pupils of 
the Ruth St. Denis school made a 
striking picture singly and forma - 
lively besides disclosing terpsichor- 
ean talent of high order. It stands 
alone on the small time and the big 
time has nothing told so compre- 
hensively. "Xochltl" Ib a sensntlon 
here In its present classification. 



A new play, "The Llfo and Death 
of William Shakespeare," presented 
J at the Carnegie Tech Drama School 
I Theatre by students Thursday. It 
! is by Hubert Osborne, an instructor 
in the school, and Laurence Eyre, 
who wrote "Miss Nelly N' Orleans." 
It Is later to be presented on the 
professional stage. The play starts 
with the bard's banishment from 
Stratford; shows him later as a 
stable boy at London, later as an 
The actor at the Globe, then as a play- 
wright, and, at his death, still In the 
search of the Ideal. Arnold Daly 
was reported as having the piece 
under consideration for production, 
but decided to relinquish his plans 
regarding It. 



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Ideal weather the past week 
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Broad— Revival, "Peg o* My 
Heart." with Laurette Taylor Origi- 
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Garrick— "The Storm," realistic 



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PICTURES 



43 



HE MAD MARRIAGE 

_- „„ , Carmel Myers 

2r".V. Truman Vsn Dyks 

OS'.... WJllUro Brunton 

Brendon....... Virginia War* 

,nl» lfaraarst CuUington 

^ . ,...•••••••••••• •••••••• i. *****/■» "**" 

tis.nsen. ...••»•••••••• .Arthur Carewe 

Nola Luxfurd 

'Bona Lydla Teamans Tltua 



ii« Pr K!^ n v t J h ®,_ r l!?) > „ re8Cue , 0f hi? I her word, and starts his career of 



To facilitate the study of film act- 

r and direction, why not compile 

series of bits of business that 

uit be strictly adhered to? For 

mple. when you receive a letter, 

sure' to look inquiringly at the 

son handing it, then down at the 

velope, before, opening it. This 

one of the numerous tricks of 

een acting that never varies in 

ture directing. 

"The Mad Marriage" is a story 

Marjorie Bentoi Cooke, scenario 

Marion Fairfax, directed by 

llin Sturgeon, produced by Uni- 

al. It is a silly yarn about a 

nwich Village artist who has 

many women chasing him that 

despair he asks his young house- 

eeper to dine with him, and on her 

refusal, says: "If you won't dine 

with me, will you marry me?" 

go they get married that very 

sight, and he looks upon her as 

just an efficient household machine. 

But she is more versatile. Besides 

darning his stocks, substituting for 

e leading role in his pageant in 

emergency and presenting him 

ith an heir, she writes a success- 

1 play, unbeknownst to him, and 

hen she leaves him he discovers 

e is necessary to his creature 

ftjfort and is very contrite. 

Carmel Myers has the role of the 

1-wife. semi-slavey. 
Just a five-reel picture. Jolo. 



THE KENTUCKIANS 

Boone Stallard Mon'e Blue 

HAiidolph Marshal! Wilfred I.yt.-ll 

Anne llruoe Diana Allen 

Mace Keaton Frank Joyner 

Governor J. II. < lilmour 

Colton— Journalist John Mlltern 

Jake Stallard ThSSflas S. llrown 

Forme's Brother J. W. Johnston 

Constui)ie Russell Parker 

Tountf Keaton John «'nrr 

Younn Stallard Albert Hewitt 

Ma Stallard Kugi-nia Woodward 

Uncle t'admus Wesley Jenkins 

Mrs. Marshall Grace Heals 



own brother, rightfully condemned 
for murder. In this connection 
there were several disagreeable 
scenes of a scaffold and the agonies 
of the condemned man Just before 
the hour of his execution that might 
well be eliminated. The brother 
escapes death by executive clem- 
ency, the governor's daughter final- 
ly chooses the aristocrat after wav- 
ering between him and the moun- 
taineer, and he goes back to his 
work of civilizing the hill folk. The 
finale is rather wea* in drama, but 
has effective pathos. Hush. 

THE BREAKING POINT 

Ruth Marshall Bessie Barrlscale 

Richard Janeway Walter McGrall 

Lucia Deeping; Ethel Grey Terry 

Mrs. Janeway Eugenia Besn.rer 

Phillip Bradley p a t OMalley 

Dr. Hlllyer Winter Hall 

Mortimer Davidson Wilfred Lucas 

Mr. Marshall Jos«ph J. Dowling- 

Mrs. Marshall Lyd'a Knott 

Camilla Irene Teag er 



"The Kentueklans," this week's 
attraction at the Kialto. takes a 
whole paragraph for its lineage. It 
Is presented by Adolph Zukor, is a 
Charles Maigne production, and 
was made into screen form by 
Prank W. Tuttle from the novel of 
John Fox, Jr. Monte Blue as the 
star gets the blackest type on the 
program. 

The feature is an accurate picture 
ef the locale which Fox knows and 
writes about so colorfully, and It 
must be said that this screen trans- 
lation of the book reproduces to an 
astonishing degree the spirit of the 
novelist, both in character drawing 
and In settings. It carries complete 
conviction In its sincerity, and only 
falls down occasionally in minor 
details. 

It must have involved a con- 
siderable outlay In Investment, for 
there are numerous elaborate in- 
teriors and* the producer has ap- 
parently set wide limits for his pay- 
roll. The photography is extraordi- 
narily good. In the mountain scenes 
exquisite light and shadow effects 
and splendid forest scenes are 
noted, althorgh there was a moon- 
light scene where the shadows 
were all wrong, casting crosswise 
with the moon (from the artificial 
lights) instead of straight away. 

Monte Blue was happily cast as 
the mountaineer who comes down 
to the State Legislature to cham- 
pion the cause of the hill folk 
against the oppression of the 
"grass country" aristocrats. There 
Is a strong sympathetic appeal in 
the character of the crude moun- 
taineer, a portrait doubtless in- 
spired by an earnest study of Lin- 
coln. Blue plays it with real intel- 
ligence. 

One of the unfortunate defects 
of the picture is that common to 
most novels mado into celluloid 
form: it is jumpy and wild in the 
confusing change from one locality 
to another. At one minute we are 
in the legislature, the next in the 
governor's home, and, zip, we are 
translated to a distant mountain 
cabin or a,spot in the forest. These 
leaps are distracting and they spoil 
the orderly progress of the story. 
There is also present that addi- 
tional picture defect which comes 
from filming novels, that there are 
too many characters, and it is ac- 
tual tabor to keep track of :Jw.-tt in 
the bewildering shifts of narrative 
Fourteen principal characters! are 
listed, while about as many more 
personages appear several times 
end have to be Identified by the 
■Pectator for a complete under- 
standing. 

The story has to do with the an- 
cient clash of the wild, lawless Ken- 
tucky mountain feudists and the 
more orderly people of the grass 
cruntry. An aristocratic legislator 
or the "settlements" tries to put a 
h ' 1 through rearranging the count v 
»ne H M (hat tno hLJ , districts Will 

do yoked to the plains and kept In 
Order. ^ 

Boone Stallard comes to the leg- 
islature from the mountain districts 

Jo tight for his folks' freedom and 
[juis in love with the daughter of 



the 



governor, becoming a rival of 



jhe aristocratic reformer, lie 

to Impose law and order on his own 

People us well, and goes so far as 



"The Breaking Point" is a J. L. 
Frothingham production distributed 
by W. W. Hodkinson. It was writ- 
ten by H. H. Van Loan from a pub- 
lished story and the filming was 
directed by Paul Scardon. 

The story of a woman's sufferings 
under the cruelty of a drunken, 
philandering husband should make 
a powerful appeal to feminine fans. 
But in an effort to emphasize this 
phase of his story Van Loan has 
gons to lengths which are inex- 
cusable. A description of one scene 
will suffice to indicate the fault of 
good taste. 

The petticoat -chasing husband 
has just been sur.moned into the 
wife's room by tho doctor to be 
told "It's a girl." The white uni- 
formed nurse is by the bedside hold- 
ing the little blanketed bundle in 
her arms. The husband gives the 
wife a casual glance, takes a coldly 
critical look at the little mite anil 
then begins with his first show of 
interest and enthusiasm to "date 
up" the nurse. 

In theory, of course, all interest- 
ing situations are dramatic ma- 
terial, but the whole field of drama 
must necessarily be governed by 
good taste and truth. Such an oc- 
currence or such a husband and 
father as described might conceiv- 
ably exist, but it is scarcely per- 
missible to picture him with all the 
pitiless literal reality of the screen. 
The story is sprinkled with inci- 
dents of like purport. At tho cli- 
max the brutal husband throws his 
wife out of the house bodily, and 
puts his six-year-old daughter in 
the lap of his mistress with the 
words, "Here, you take her. You're 
to be her mother after this." This 
follows a series of scenes of revelry 
involving a crowd of drunken men 
and women of that extreme decolle- 
tage which goes with a society play. 
The child and the mother are in the 
same house, but in the nursery on 
an upper floor. The drunken hus- 
band goes to bring the tot into the 
scene of debauchery, and his mis- 
tress tries to make the child drink 
champagne. The episode likowise 
shows several scenes between hus- 
band and wife which are plain wife- 
beating. 

Van Loan may argue that for the 
purpose of the story it Is necessary 
to build up In advance a complete 
justification for the killing of the 
husband by the wife, which hap- 
pens at the end; but other things 
are to be considered. This kind of 
lurid stuff cannot possibly do the 
industry or the picture art any 
good. Van forgets the censor just 
at a time when that personage 
seems mighty in the film business. 
The production is a splendid one, 
and Bessie Barriscale plays tho 
wife with really fine judgment. The 
settings are unusually good, par- 
ticularly those in the palatial home 
of the Janeways. The direction is 
skilful, and as a sample of techni- 
cal story structure Van Loan has 
achieved a directness and simplicity 
of method well worth the study of 
scenario makers. However, as 
pointed out, no excellence of crafts- 
manship could compensate for tho 
disagreeable incidents of the pic- 
ture. Hush. 



disgrace" by seeking a Job as a 
farm hand, taking his valet with 
him. There's a flash or two of com- 
edy here, but the fun gets a big 
boost shortly after when the youth 
secures a Job in a restaurant peel- 
ing potatoes, from which post he is 
promoted to bus boy. As bus boy 
he meets a musical comedy actress, 
and frames matters so she will sue 
him for breach of promise. 

The musical comedy actress has 
a daughter, however, who is sweet 
on the youth himself and she burns 
his letters to his mother, just as the 
suit is all set. A course of hard 
Work, with attendant experiences 
of a comedy nature, gives the youth 
a knowledge of the world he had 
lacked before and the finish finds 
the girl ready to grab him and marry 
him any time he says the word. 

Mr. Washburn makes a first rate 
light comic, standing out particu- 
larly in some funny comedy busi- 
ness in the restaurant scenes. Syd- 
ney Bracey plays legitimately the 
role of a dignified valet and Chris- 
tine Mayo handles the musical com- 
edy actress's part with ability. 
Chas. Wingate as the father, and 
Ann Mayo the girl have little to do. 
but get a lot out of the scenes they 
are In. 

The rettlngs are atmo.* pherically 
correct and the photography excel- 
lent. "An Amateur Devil" averages 
as ■ good program picture, that 
should please any type of audience. 

Bell 



promises things which the picture 
does not contain. As, for Instance, 
"A blow, a flash of a dagger, and 
hell spilled its furies on the decks 
of the Deborah." That line Is a 
pledge of big action, a big scene. 
The scene is not there, the "hell 
spilling" consisting of three or four 
sailors semi -roughly rushing from 
the deck the man who stabbed 
Black Pawl. 



GODLESS MEN 

r J " 1.... •••••••• 



Black 

K« .1 I 'awl. hi* son. 

]>.in Dirrin 

Ruth Lytton 

Rev. Samuel Poor., 

Xpicss 

Mrs. 1 a w 1 



. . .RusroII Simpson 

fames Mason 

John Howers 

..Helene Chad wick 
....Alec D. Francis' 
. ..Hotwrt Kortman 
..Irene Rich 



AN AMATEUR DEVIL 

Carver Kndlcott Bryant Washhurn 

His father Charles Wingato 

J I is BWfftheart Am. May 

His valet Sydney Bracey 

Parmer Brows Graham Petty 

Mrs. Brown Anna Hi'rnand>z 

A musical nimcdy star Christine Mayo 

llrr daughter. Norris Johnson 



"Godless Men." Goldwyn's Regi- 
nald Barker production at the Capi- 
tol, lacks many things that go to 
make a notable picture, but two 
most conspicuous by their absence 
are direction and actorp. This di- 
k ctor. rated sufficiently high to put 
his brand en a production as a box 
office draw, shows no finesse in this 
ottering and turns out a picture 
with "cheap" written all over it. 
One cannot escape the conviction 
that Mr, Barker, intending that his 
own name should be the only one 
in lights, made "Godless Men" with 
one eye on the expense account and 
the other on the censor. The pro- 
duction is old-fashioned and totally 
lacking in technical or other novel- 
ties. It is distraotingly slow in 
spots and lacking in suspense, chief- 
ly for the reason that the director 
did not take the trouble to follow 
his story closely. 

"Black Pawl," a hair-raising piece 



ADDITIONAL FILM TEXT 
On Pages 20 and 21. 



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■'An A ma tour D?vii" is a five reel 

farce, produced by Famous Players 
Laaky and directed by Major Mau- 
rice Campbell. Bryant Washburn is 
Starred. The picture Is based on a 
theme similiar to that of One of 
Douglas Fairbanks' early pictures 
culled "His Picture In the Papers." 
in th*» Fairbanks' picture the hero 
had to get his picture in the news- 
papers, in order to win a girl, get a 
wad of money or something like 
that. At any rate getting the pub- 
licity resulted In a serietj of comedy 
adventures. 

In "An Amateur Devil" the Ides 
Is practically the same only twitted 
n bit differently. Mr. Washburn 
plays the part of a rlnti youth. 
whoso sweat heart tires of hi* Inac- 
tivity and general foppishness, mid 
after throwl/g hhn ever, t. n>- hi;n 
bis only chance to be ••> regular fel- 
low to' to ko out and do something 
disgraceful* 

To her surprise he takes her 



of fiction by Ben Ames Williams, 
formed the basis of "Godless Men." 
It was the story of a sea rover 
whose soul was embittered when he 
returned from a cruise with his 
young son to find his wife had fled 
with another. Forswearing Chris- 
tianity, he Instilled in his boy a 
hatred for all women and men, him- 
self included. The tiger in the 
father was trebled !n the boy and 
the enmity which grew between the 
two, where the father always was 
expecting his son to kill him, was a 
fearful thing to contemplate. 

Years afterwards Black Pawl puts 
into a South Sea island for water, 
and Bed ^awl, the son, leads a boat- 
load of men ashore for it. There a 
missionary and a young girl beg to 
be taken aboard Black Pawl's 
schooner. Bed Pawl, his lust 
aroused, agrees. 

It is not until after Black Pawl 
and his son have fought over the 
girl that the man discovers, by a 
chance glance at a locket, that the 
girl is his own daughter. In the 
original she tells the story of her 
mother's fate. In the screen version 
this opportunity is passed entirely; 
.nothing is shown to tell how the 
erring woman passed out. Only the 
main theme is followed on the 
screen, and -that in a very sketchy 
fashion. 

In its way "Black Pawl." as fic- 
tion, took rank with "The Sea 
Wolf"; and, for proper interpreta- 
tion, should have had In its main 
character a Hobart Bosworth or a 
Theodore Roberta, In other words, 
an actor. For whilo it Is a power- 
fully dramatic role. It Is one easily 
destroyed. And the man Mr. Barker 
[picked tor it comes very eioso to 
annihilating it, either througn poor 
direction or an uncontrollable de- 
slre Jo act all over the place. 

James Mason, as Bed Pawl, was 

more convincing; but the part 

sh< Hid have been in the hands of 
a Kawlinson or a Tearlc. 

The producer reveals early that the 
girl in Black Pawl's lost daughter 
a nd the audience only has to pass 
through a lot of slow motion to 
have Us deductions verified. Other 
developments are similarly tele- 
graphed in advance. 

Ruth LyttOfl, in the story, was 
ri girl of strong personality. I '.'don 
(.'had wick, In the pictured role, Is 
irless. Tho same criticism ap- 
plies to the character of Dan Dar- 
I'lii, her sweetheart, and the man 
u ho portrays it. 

There i* little to commend "Cod- 

j .Men" -not even tho advertis- 
er : li.it is misleading and 



THE SAGE HEN. 

If this review of "The Srtge Hen" 
sounds a trifle fullso.ne attribute it 
to the belief of this writer that 
Clladys Brockwell, its star, is Uh 
best all-around actress on the 
screen. It looks, when suitably at- 
tired in sartorial accoutrement and 
groomed with equal care, she 
strongly resembles (again this is the 
opinion of the reviewer) no less 
beautiful a woman than Pauline 
Frederick. When so handsome a 
woman will continually sink her in- 
dividuality to properly interpret the 
character roles to which she is con- 
stantly assigned in the pictures, it 
means that she is an artist of the 
finest oallbra, What other screen 
leading woman can you mention 
who isn't merely a type, always 
playing herself — nothing more. 
They may play slaveys or other non- 
dress bits in a feature, but must 
always .vind up gorgeously capari- 
soned to look their prettiest. 

"The Sage Hen" Is an Edgar 
Lewis production, released through 
Pat he, adapted from a story by 
Harry Sober. It is a very strong 
one that comes under the designa- 
tion of "western." The picture 
takes its title from the name at- 
tached to women of doubtful char- 
acter in mining camps. 

It opens with a woman occupying 
a hut on the outskirts of u cump 
called Silver Creek. She has a child 
of perhaps three. No one knew 
from whence she came or anything ' 
about her. Tho other women of the, 
community shunned her, not know- \ 
ing why — probably because she 
never sought the company of any- 
body. By the ruse of giving the 
child some oandy a crooked gambler 
is enabled to speak with her, but his 
overtures are not encouraged. That 
night he is caught palming extra 
cards, kills his PCCUSer and takes 
refuge in her hut. She drive.* him 
out at once. He has been seen en- 
tering her home; the vigilance com- 
mittee searches her place, and when 
the story of the gambler's visit to 
her is told the next day the local 
women's purity league stones her 
out of the community. She starts 
to walk 60 miles across the desert, 

I is overtaken by one kindly young 
matron who has no child of her own. 
The human woman Offers to relieve 
the friendless one of her child, but 
this is resented. She is given a 
horse and buggy to make the jour- 
ney and told to unharness the horse 
at the end of the trip and that the 
animal will find its way back. En 
route a win el comes off the convey- 
ance; she is attacked by Indians. 
Wounded, she straps the child to the 
equities baek and sends him gallop- 
ing back. She uses her shotgun ef- 
fectively upon a couple of the red- 
skins, is finally wounded, rolls down 
an embankment and the Indians 
leave her for dead. 

The horse returns with the child; 
a searching party starts out to find 
her; she is carried to the home of a 
hotel keeper in the town of Keno. 
Recovering, she is asked by the 
hotel keeper to remain and take 
charge of the rearing of his mother- 
less girl. She writes to inquire 
about her little boy and receives 
word tho family owning the horse 
had moved to parts unknown, taking 
the child with them. 

On the death of the hotel keeper 
sho promises at his deathbed to 
guard the girl. She determines to 
sell the hotel and take the girl to 
more refined surroundings, but at 
this juncture there returns to Keno 
a trio of men she grub-staked, hav- 
ing struck it rich. They are, re- 
spectively, a Chinaman, a colored 
man and an Indian. The news of 
the gold strike reaches the outer 
world and immediately there Is a 
rush for the spot. Among them 
come the cheating gambler-mur- 
derer and a stranger who consorts 
with the gambler. 

As the gold strike is on govern- 
ment land a d« tae.hment of the IT. S. 
army is dispatched to the spot to 
maintain order. It is commanded by 
a young lieutenant. He falls In love 
with the girl "she" is rearing, and 
is brought to the house and intro- 
duced as "Lieut. John Kudd." This 
is the name of the family that took 
over her child, and the scene in 
which she recognizes her son, grown 
to manhood, is a fine piece of facial 
transition and emotional acting. 
i)ut she is constrained to revi ai her- 
self to her boy, fearing her "past" 
might blight his happiness. 

She discovers the gambler in the act 
of killing the grub-staked Chinaman 
for his money; he threatens to pro- 
claim her as a "sage hen" if she 
squeals; he demands the hand of the 
girl as his price of silence, and she 
to thus confronted with the dibmma 
Of Once more being driven out or 
tilling her story. The stranger 
makes a slighting remark to the 
young lieutenant about the girl's 
"mother," Is knocked down, the girl 
sees the fracas, the boy won't talk 
about it, tho stranger dares him to 
repeat the remark and the girl 
rushes 1u tell her "moth* r" of tin 
affair. 

In a flashback "she" t« lis h< r story 
to tin girl. The St ranger was h^r 
husband, a drunk* u SOl who stakftd 
her in u gumo of cards against a 

sum of money and when she refused 



to abide by the debt and go with 
another man he tried to take her 
child away. She shot him, and, be- 
lieving him killed, she ran sway 
with her child. 

The "stranger" is determined te> 
be revenged upon the lieutenant; 
"shoe" goes to htm and tells him if 
he harms the boy he will be injuring 
his own son. Meantime the gambler 
has stunned the young man with an 
oar; the "stranger" comes to the 
rescue, is himself knoeked out, 
placed in a boat which is sent over 
the rapids. He recovers conscious- 
ness, and. as the boat is speeding to 
sure death, fires half a do/.eu shots 
into the gambler. 

Powerfully told, well acted, we'l 
photographed by Ben IN It, admira- 
bly directed by Edgar Lewis, who 
plays a minor part. Its chief asset 
is Miss Brock well, whose enactment 
of the long-suffering mother is a 
triumph for her screen artistry. 

Jolo. 



PRIDE OF FANCY. 

London. Jan. 7. 

(Samuelson. "The Prids of the 
fancy*" Five reels.) 

This plcturlzation of George Ed- 
gar's story of the ring and show- 
ground Is capital entertainment. 
The story is a good one, strong, 
dramatic, and Is well told. It holds 
the Interest firmly from the first 
reel to the last foot, although the 
introduction of several rather color - 
Iras subsidiary disciples of Tics and 
virtue toward the end of the pic- 
ture is somewhat confusing. The 
staging Is a fine example of the 
effects that can be obtained by 
simplicity. 

Phil Moran, an out-of-work ex* 
soldier, becomes a member of Pro- 
fessor Buston's troupe of athletes. 
Later he defends Kitty, his em- 
ployer's daughter, from a roue. As 
a reward he Is knocked out by a 
Negro pugilist in the blackguard's 
pay. He soon falls in love with 
Kitty, who is about to become a 
London chorus girl, and his love is 
obviously returned. i 

Ireton, the Negro's unscrupulous 
backer, wishes to marry Hilda, the 
daughter of Sir Bufus Douglas; but 
she loves Oswald Jordon. At the 
races Gordon's horse beats Ireton's, 
the latter losing a large sum of 
money. Ireton puts the screw on 
Sir Bufus and insists that Hilda 
shall marry him. Disgusted, she 
runs away to go on the stage. 

Meanwhile Moran Is making a 
success as a pugilist, and is eventu- 
ally backed by Gordon to fight Ire- 
ton's man for the world's cham- 
pionship. Hilda becomes friendly 
with Kitty, but soon learns that the 
stage is not a bed of roses. The 
two girls live in the same house 
and manage to keep undesirable 
suitors at bay, although Ireton tries 
to force a manager to help him lure 
Hilda to ruin. The betting on the 
championship fight rises to a great 
height. Ireton fears the result, and 
knowing that Kitty and Moran are 
lovers, tries to decoy him by a 
forged letter. The plot is overheard 
by Hilda, who tells her father, and 
they go to the rescue. In the end 
Moran knocks the colored fighter 
out. after a splendid bout. 

Bex Davis does most of the work 
as Moran, taking and receiving 
many a hard blow, but whether 
fighting or making love, he la an 
exceptionally manly and convincing 
hero. Daisy Burrell is a charming 
Kitty, although she Is rather in- 
clined to overact. Tom Beynolds 
presents a delightful character 
study of the old showman. Fred 
Morgan adds another picture of 
villainy to his already crowded gal- 
lery, and is excellent. Pope Stamper 
does what Is required of him as 
Gordon quite well, and Dorothy 
Fan** proves herself capable of good 
work by a sympathetic study of the 
persecuted Hilda. Many small 
parts are well played and the en- 
semble work is excellent. Gore. 



TIGER TRUE 

"Tiger True" (Universal) reeks 
with melodrama. What Is intended 
for suspense is too obviously ineor- 
porated in the story. Its under- 
world "stuff" has been done to 
death. 

A millionaire sportsman discon- 
tent with the pallid existence of tho 
social world seeks adventure in tho 
underworld. He meets the girl he 
will eventually marry. His ob- 
stacles are first a gang of cut- 
throats, and last "The Baboon." 
This "baboon" is supposed to be in- 
vested with supernatural strength, 
and in addition is incog as 
"Whitey." a paralytic -strieken old 
man, to whom all of th« underworld 
come for advice. This suggestion 
is not well carried out, but there is 
an item of interest in the manner 
that it is interpreted by the artist 
who plays tho duo role. Ifa is not 
programed. 

The direction of the piece is poor, 
and Its introductory scene, in which 
the vision of the spoilsman's tiger 
hunt is enaeted, is tamely assem- 
bled. It Is too noticeabls for its 
mechanism. The extra people used 
in a Street "take" nve again posed 
with lark Of contrast in the "dive" 
scene. • 

The principal parts are played by 
Frank Mayo tstar) and I'ritsi Bru- 
nette as the leading vnmwn. The 
best that may be «..kl about this 
mediocre production snd inconse- 
quential story is tiiut the Hfiht 
scenes are gripping. f§itp. 






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PICTURES 



Friday, February 4, 1921 



=2E 



NEWS OF FILM WORLD 



Having disposed of his paintings 
and home furnlahings at auction, J. 
Stuart Ulackton and his family, with 
members of his produetion staff. 
■ailed Thursday for England, Com- 
modore Blackton Will make his 
home there, hut will market his 
pictures here, Arthur Kane having 
charge of their distribution in the 
v. hv Referring \a lady Diana 
Manners. Commodore Blackton Mid 
her advent as a film ftar will re- 
sult in a stampede of English and 
American social leaders to the 
Screen, 



Col. Arthur Woods has asked the 
co-operation of the industry in the 
government's Americanization of 
aliens. 



Doug Fairbanks is laid up with an 
injury to his back, sustained Id 
making window leaps for "The 
Nut." 



Jones, Linick & Schaefer have 
purchased from Saxe Hros. the 
Rose, Alcazar and Boston theatres,!. 

Chicago. They . also are going to '"WW exchange, has been apooint 



urged th© people to do their own 
censoring by demanding a higher 
standard of films and a diminution 
of 'sex stuff" on the screen. 



Marshal Neilan also entered the 
Deniers* Club during the week, his 
being to the effect that he is not 
going to direct Doug Fairbanks in 

a, product Ion. 



liam Jenner, who has gone west as 
personal representative of Fred D. 
Warren, general manager of Asso- 
ciated Producers and western di- 
vision manager. 

■■■•■■■■■si 

E. II. Griffith hag been engaged to 
direct Alice Brady In her next pic- 
ture. 



Carlyle BlackwelU who recently 
returned from a tour with a road 
company of "My Lady Friends,** will 
once more turn to the screen. 



The N. T. Tribnue, first to pop 
the story in New York that Capt. 
F. F. Stoll, of United States Photo- 
play Corp., had disappeared, lo- 
cated him in Los Angeles just be- 
fore he left for New York. Stoll 
denied he had "disappeared" and 
said he was in communication with 
his office all the time. He did no- 
know, however, that he had beet- 
superseded in the presidency of the 
corporation. Part of the captain's 
hibernation period was spent in Hot 
Springs, Ark; 



J. A. McConville, formerly assist- 
ant manager of the Boston office of 
the Paramount Pictures and Famous 



lease the Colonial, it is reported. 



Lord Northcliffo, in a London 
trade paper article, denies he lias 
any financial interest in pictures, 
but urges better pictures. 

Associated Photoplays, Inc., will 
operate in the independent field. 
"No Man's Woman," with Helen 
Gibson as star, is to be their first 
offering. 



H. G. Gallance, district exchange 
manager for Paramount in the Bos- 
ton territory, lias been made sales 
manager' of Famous Players-Lasky. 



The indictment against "Last 
Card" Louis Krohnberg, who was 
accused of cheating Joe Schenck 
and others in a card game, was 
quashed this week. 



ed New England manager for As- 
sociated Producers to succeed Wil- 



TSdward T>rion has been engaged 
to direct Justine Johnston In her 
forth coming picture. 

Lucretia Belle, recently playing in 
vaudeville, will return to the films in 
the near future. 



Lucy Cotton has been re-engaged 
to play opposite Bert Lytell In his 
next Metro picture, "The Man Who." 
a story taken from the Saturday 
Evening Post. 



industry were registered in Tennes- 
see and South Carolina during the 
week. In the former case the legis- 
lators unanimously decided not to 
act on blue law or censorship bills, 
and In South Carolina the Senate 
committee adopted the industry's 
proposal for local option in regula- 
tion of amusements. - 



Edward S. Moffatt, author and ad- 
vertising manager for Universal, 
was married in New York during 
the week. His bride was Emma 
Kellogg Pierce of Cranford, N. J. 



Roy Neill has been engaged by 
Yitagraph to direct Alice Joycs in 
a super-special. 

Harry Rapf is casting a company 
to make a filmlzation of "Why Girls 
Leave Home," to be directed by 
William Nigh. 



Legislative victories for the film 



The Eastman Kodak Co. is con- 
sidering a plan for splitting its com- 
mon shares into smaller units owing 
to the demand for the stock, which 
is now selling around $600. 

Negotiations for the film rights to 
"Miss Lulu Bett" are reported under 
way. 



Rigid mechanicel tests and exam- 
ination on fire laws are provided In 
a bill Introduced at Albany to amend 
the law relating to issuance of li- 
cense to projection machine oper- 
ators. It contemplates granting per- 
mits only to men thoroughly versed 
in these subjects. 



Declared by the Life Extension 
Institute to be "100 per cent," Marie 
A. Kuhn, a New York girl who Is 
being called the "new Venus," re- 



fuses to consider picture or vanfla. 
ville offers. She la going to he < 
kindergarten teacher. 

Adolphe J. Menjou, absent from 
the screen for some time, with 
months oJ war service to his credit 
Is returning to pictures. He Is In 
George Melford's "Faith Healer* 
Sidney Franklin's "Courage," and is 
appearing in the new Mary Pickford 
picture, now In production. 

Educational Film Exchange has 
taken over "he distribution of 
Kinograms and combined it with 
Gaumont News. It will also add a 
third news F^rvlce to the combine* 
tion before the end of the current 
month, at the expiration of lta 
present contracts. 

Fay Tincher, the film comedi- 
enne, *s about to break into vaude- 
ville with a monolog based on 
humorous incidents connected with 
the making of pictures. 



Mary Smith, a 17 -year-old girl, 
appeared in court Tuesday as com- 
plainant against Joseph Robin, 22, 
who conducts a "moving picture 
school" at 235 West 145th street. 
New York. The girl says Robin 
took her to his "studio" and then 
threatened her with a revolver. 
She says she spent a "night of ter- 
ror" V«'?th !»/»*< : »i 



Exhibitors in Trenton are getting 
signatures to a petition asking for 
permission to run Sunday shows, 
the petition to be presented to the 
Trenton City Commission. 



A public showing of "The Black 
Panther's Cub," the W. K. Ziegfeld 
feature starring Florence Reed, is 
expected next week. . 



Two hundred and fifty thousand 
dollars was raised in Greater New 
York alone as the result of "Mo- 
tion Picture Day" in the Hoover i 
relief drive. 



George Loane Tucker's next will 
he "Ladies Must Live." 



"Scrambled Wives," Margaret 
Clark's break-in with Associated 
First National, has been completed, 
but no release date is announced. 
The star is resting in Florida, 



I 



A Kansas City boy, a "Tarzan" 
fan, emulated his hero by dashing 
out of school naked and scampering 
through the streets, to the dismay 
of pedestrians and the delight of 
companions who had dared him to 
do it. It was an on-the-level stunt, 
with no press agent within 1,500 
miles. 



Henry E. Jenkins, a New York 
public school superintendent, de- 
clared charges that films excite 
youths to evil are nonsensical. 



The household furnishings tf 
Mona Lisa, a star now at work in 
California, have been attached for 
Jl.L'56 by a gown firm, and the ac- 
tress has asked the N. Y. Supreme 
Court to vacate the attachment. 



Four young women appeared as 
witnesses against C' W. Ackerman. 
director of the Premier Moving Pic- 
ture Studio in Seventh avenue, al- 
leging he had taken money from 
them without giving value received. 



The Attorney General of Nevada 
filed his brief this week in support 
of his motion to set aside the de- 
cree of divorce parting Mary Pick- 
ford an 1 Owen Moore. 



M. C. Levee, vice-president of the 
Brunton stmii.»s, is in New York. 



Another petition in involuntary 
bankruptcy lias been filed against 
the Frohman Amusement Corpora- 
tion, the petitioners being Kincto 
Co. of America, Inc., claiming $343; 
Albert & Sons, Inc., $128; Simon 
Goodman Trading and Kraus Mfg 
Co., $223. Receivers were appointee 
Dec. 30 on a petition by the Powers 
Films Products Co., filed to protect 
the assets of the Frohman Corpora- 
tion. 



It is rather certain that Tola 
Negri, star of "Passion," will eomr 
t.. the 1'iutcd States to make a pic- 
ture for F. P.-Lasky. although the 
deal h;»s not >et been closed. 

Ben B Hampton got in*o the New 
York World with a denial boiled 
down from a 1,200-word telegram, 
that he had }^>okcn for film censor- 
ship Si intimated in a statement 
by "Blue Law Wilbur" Crafts. The 
burden of hll statement was that he 



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Smashed, Busted and . 

Destroyed! 

1 

All motion picture box-office records! 



MpORBIDDEN FRUIT" broke all records for paid ad- 
*■ missions last week at the Rivoli Theatre. 

It was the biggest week in history by $1,200. The 
former record was made last April by "Dr. Jekyll and 
Mr. Hyde." 

In seven days 53,963 people paid to see Cecil B. 
DeMille's masterpiece. And there were more turned 
away at every performance than ever before, since the 
theatre holds only 2,000. 

At the beginning of the second week of its Rivoli 
showing it is still going strong. 

"Forbidden Fruit" is also breaking records at Stanley's 
new $2,000,000 theatre in Philadelphia, and in Shea's 
Criterion in Buffalo. 






From all present indications it is the greatest box- 
office attraction the world has ever known. 



v 



Jesse L. La sky presents 









Cecil B. DeMille's 



production 



"Forbidden Fruit" 

By Jeanie Macpherson 

Ct Qammount Qidure 









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FAMOUS PLAYERS I ASKY CORPORATION 

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Friday, February 4, 1921 



PICTURES 



45 



NEW STANLEY OPENING 
IS PHILA. CIVIC EVENT 

Mayor Moore Praises Enter- 
prise of Showmen. 

Philadelphia, Feb. 2.' 

"The 'opening of such a theatre 
fn Philadelphia is worthy of muni- 
cipal recognition." 

This was the tribute paid by 
Mayor Moore of Philadelphia to the 
Enterprise of the Stanley company 
at a dinner grven by the ■iniianWNitlt 
company Jan. 29 to celebrate the 
opening of the new $2,000 000 Stan- 
ley theatre at 19th and Market 
streets. 

The house has a seating capacity 
©f 4,099 and it will be devoted to 
pictures exclusively. Jules Mast- 
baum presided at the dinner in the 
Hits Carlton. He said in his open- 
ing address: 

"The Stanley company came into 
existence with a small picturo house 
at the corner of Eighth and Market 
streets when the industry was still 
la its swaddling clothes. My recol- 
lection Is that it had a seating ca- 
pacity of about 60 people, and the 
performances lasted about five min- 
utes. Through the merging of in- 
dividual interests and affiliations 
with pther exhibitors, it has become 
one of the leading organizations in 
the motion picture field. 

High Standard. 9 

"The calibre of entertainment 
upon which we embark here will be 
found to measure up to the high 
standard the Stanley company has 
aet for itself. There will be feature. 
photoplays of the highest artistic 
excellence. They will be clean 
above all else, and will represent 
the productions of the master pro- 
ducers of the world." 

Among the invited guests at the 
opening were Adolph Zukor, Jesse 
Lasky, William Fox, A. L. Krlanger. 
Jake Shubert. William A. Brady, 
Louis J. Selznick. E. F. Albee. 
Thomas M. Love, Harry T. Jordan. 
Leonard Blumberg, Harry L. Knapp. 
and many others, while the screen 
was represented in part by* Con- 
stance Talmadge, Dorothy Dal ton. 
Miriam Cooper. Hoj j Hampden. 
Constance Binney and Eugene 
O'Brien. 

Seating accommodations alone 
ccst $99,909, and the folding chairs 
represent an investment of $27 each. 
In the boxes and loges are wicker 
chairs finely upholstered. There are 
four lower proscenium boxes on 
each side and two above. In addi- 
tion, four loges are on each side on 
the first floor, with a capacity of 
twelve persons each. 

•There is a frontage of 140 feet 
-on Market street, and the Nine- 
teenth street depth is 176 feet. One 
notices on the Market street side 
at the roof two thirty-foot high 
electric signs. They have letters 
ten feet high, and will flash to the 
people for miles the fact of the 
theatre's activity. Another sign 
projects from the corner of the 
building at Nineteenth street. 

At the Market street front is a 
marquee of iron and glass and with 
hundreds of lights to give illumina- 
tion. 

There is one immense balcony. It 
Is 60 feet from the «tag~\ which, 
with its proscenium opening of 64 
feet, and with its equipment of 
"flies" and of dressing rooms, is pre- 
pared to accommodate the largest 
of theatrical attractions. In the 
rear of the balcony Is the "works" 
or the projection room. Three ma- 
chines of the latest design have 
been installed, so that there is no 
possibility of a breakdown. No 
other theatre has had more than 
two machines. The operators have 
a special compartment in this In- 
closure and have every facility for 
projecting pictures and in provid- 
ing "effects." The cost of these 
machines was $10,000. 



LOOK INTO "WAR FILMS." 

Legion Looking Into Pictures 
Handled by W. J. Benedick. 



Syracuse, N. Y., Feb. 2. 
Presentation hero and in other cities 
of the "United States Official jpyar 
Filmsr' under the alleged direction 
of the Committee on Public Infor- 
mation, which has ceased to func- 
tion, will be investigated by the 
Council of National Defense as t i 
result of complaints lodged by the 
Watertown Post of the American 
Legion. 

In the meantime, the American 
Legion will conduct a war of l own 
on the presentation of the films un- 
der the supposed auspices of Ameri- 
can Legion posts. The Wate-town 
Post officials have sent letters broad - 
tlse the films taken by the Signal 
Corps, U. S. A., as under the direc- 
tion of the Committee on Public In- 
formation, non-existent since June, 
1919, and under the auspices of the 
American Legion bodies in the vicin- 
ity of the city where the films have 
been booked. 

A certain percentage of the profits 
have been offered to the Legion. 
When the films were offered at the 
local Wieting for a full wee;:, the 
American JLeglon drew about $50. In 
Watertown the Legion failed to 
draw a cent, through the heavy 
charges made for the use* of the 
pictures. 



FRENCH CINEMAS ASK 
FOR SQUARE DEAL 

Convention Charges Unfair- 
ness in Taxation. 



——a 



mously during the proceedings com- 
prised (1) a protest at present spe- 
cial entertainment taxes, alleged to 
be leading the French picture busi- 
ness to ruin; (2) proposition of an 
amendment to the law of June 26. 
1920, authorizing municii alitics to 
impose independent taxes on places 
of amusement; ($) and demanding 
a modification of this law in so far 
as concern; the specific rating of 
picture houses; (4) The creation of 
a statute for the picture trade as 
drawn up by the commission which 
met at the Ministry of the Interior, 
known as the Flandri*. report; '5) 
pi. guested measures to . '- - . ken for 
protecting the French cinema In- 
dustry, and (€) constitut' n ;f a 
parliamentary groupe for watch- 
ing the Interests of the trade in 
France. 



HIGH COURT DECIDES 
AGAINST GOLDWYN 



Must Pay Former Wife $5,200 
Yearly for Life. 

Albany. Feb. 2. 
The Court of Appeals h«»r.i has 
affirmed the order from which Sam- 
uel Goldwyn appea'ed allowing his 
divorced wife $5,200 a year. He was 
beaten in the lowe» court, carried 
it to the Appellate Division and 
now tho Court of AppoaJfl has de- 
cided against him. 

At the time Mrs. Ooldwyn secured 
her divorce she wa>> awarded ali- 
mony of $2, G00 a year, together w'*** 



an allowance for the support of bet 
child, 

Plaintiff and defendunt owned 
property jointly, consisting princi- 
pally of stock in Famous Play«is. 
An agreement was entered into 
■/hereby Joldwyn took over oil the 
■took Under a. stipulation he was to 
pay Mrs. (Joldwy $t,,200 / a year for 
the remainder of her life — this ir- 
respective of altn: -iv of paynu 
for support of their child. 

When Mrs. Qoidwytk married 
Hector Turnbuh, her ex-husband 
moved to set aside all further pay- 
ments to her, contending they took 
the form of alimony. Counsel for 
her con-^ded the right to cease the 
alimony allowance of $2,600, but t c ai 
the $5,200 per annum was a property 
settlement. This the various 
courts affirmed. 






"Foolish Matrons" Bought. 
Maurice Tourneur has purchased 
the film rights to Don Byrne's story, 
"Foolish Matrons," and will put it 
Intu work immediately. 



Paris, Jan. 19. 

The monster reunion of the pic- 
ture trade people organized last 
week by the association of cinema 
syndicates does not appear to have 
been fruitful. No definite results 
were obtained, but there are ru- 
mors of the resignation of a num- 
ber of discontented members. De- 
maria, president of the manufac- 
turers' group, tried to whitewash 
the censors, and Aubert considering 
he was ear marked during the 
speaker's panegyric abruptly quit- 
ted the assembly. The discussion 
of the local censors' actions entered 
delicate territory and an uproar 
seemed likely until Brezillon, tho 
chairman of the exhibitors' union 
who presided, reminded his hearers 
the main point was to unite with 
the object of bringing the situation 
of movies to the same level as the 
theatres. 

He reiterated that the cinemas or. 
an average have to pay 15 per cent, 
"war tax," whereas the theatres 
only pay 6 per cent., and the mueic 
halls 10 per cent. He considered 
they should be on an equal footing. 
In this connection M. Coiffon, from 
Lyons, declared certain provincial 
exhibitors had to bear a totalization 
of special rates and taxes on ad- 
missions amounting to 63 per cent, 
of receipts. M. Delnaux, repre- 
senting the North and Pas-de-Ca- 
lais regions, begged syndlcal assist- 
ance for the exhibitors of those re- 
gions to whom the State is Indebted 
for war damages suffered and who 
arc being sued by the tax collectors 
for rates of 1914 to 1917 during 
which time the territory was In- 
vaded and occupfted by the enemy. 

This speech caused a sensation, 
with murmurs of indignation. Louis 
Forest followed with an improvisa- 
tion, comparing the screen to the 
printing press. He called on the ex- 
hibitors to assist in reviving the 
French film, which should not be 
permitted to disappear from the 
screen irf France. Some members 
of the Chamber of Deputies present 
assured the cinema people they in- 
tended to form a special group in 
the French parliament 40 protect the 
industry in all its branches. As an 
outcome of this meeting the exhibi- 
tors decided to wait further events 
and not close their halls as had been 
threatened earlier in the week. 
The order of the day voted unanl- 



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. Now Don't You Wish 
That You Had an 

ASSOCIATED FIRST NATIONAL 

FRANCHISE 

Beginning Sunday, Feb. 6 

AT THE 

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StranD 

BROADWAY AND 47th STREET 



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in the comedy he has 
been making for an 
entire year, packing 
$1,000,000 worth of 
laughs into six great 
reels. 



Written and Directed 
tor Charles Chaplin— 

A FIR8T 
NATIONAL 



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ATTRACTION 



6 reels 
of joy 



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"Thing* are getting 
quiet. Kid. You'd 
hotter run out and 
break another win- 
dow." 



Took a year to make — and worth every moment of it. 

There'll be a Franchise everywhere 



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12 BIG BANKS CO-OPERATING 
WITH NATL ASS'N VIGILANTES 



Aid in Running Down Shady Stock Promotions — 
$250,000,000 Stock Offered to Public by 70 Com- 
panies— U. S. Studios Worth $25,000,000. 



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Twelve New York banks have ar- 
ranged a system of co-operation with 
the Vigilance Committee of the Na- 
tional Association of the Film In- 
dustry, which Is engaged in running 
down shady stock promotions. The 
committee has been in operation 
only a few months, but it has pro- 
gressed rapidly in getting a grasp 
on the operations of worthless stock 
•ales. 

They do not concern themselves 
with the established' companies 
which are openly dealt In on the 
various stock exchanges of the 
country, but examine all new pro- 
motions which show any color of 
suspicion. 

The committee has tabulated 
•took promotions of doubtful char- 
acter totaling $250,000,000. These 
concerns are 70 in number. Many 
are merely selling the wide cerulean 
on promises of. enormous profits, 
■ailing their own bright ideas for 
making money If the public will 
only give them the capital. V 

It has been estimated If all the 
studio properties of the United 
States were offered for sale, It is 
not likely they would command 
$25,000,000. That means promoters 
are selling stock in film corpora- 
tions amounting to about ten times 
the value of all American studio 
properties. 

The committeemen, led by Chair- 
man James R. Quirk, has Interested 
Assembleyman Betts of .New York 
City In a proposal to pass a "blue 
sky" law covering the Empire state, 
slmlliar in design to that which is 
In operation in Illinois, and which 
has put several wildcat promotions 



the records to supply it will net the 
company mors than $7,000,000 in 
three years, the prospectus quotes 
elaborate profits made by the four 
principal phonograph makers, Vic- 
tor, Emerson, Sonora and Columbia. 
This argument somehow has the 
same perfume that attaches to the 
familiar prospectus, beginning: 

"Do you know if you had invested 
$500 in Bell Telephone at the right 
time you would now be worth $9. 
(ciphers to suit the width of the 
column)." 

Commonly, experienced investors 
do not read beyoriu* this point. 

A publication called the New 
York "Record," with offices within 
sound of the curb, which is opti- 
mistic about the future of various 
oil stocks which are not listed car- 
ries a five column feature on its 
first pags in "box car" type, des- 
cribing an arrangement, to distri- 
bute Kineto Reviews via 31 ex- 
changes of "National Bxchanges, 
Inc." 

The connection of "The Record" 
and Trevor with the. Urban promo- 
tion. If there is any, is interesting 
only from the status of the publi- 
cation and its editor in the finan- 
cial scheme of Wall Street. Trevor 
had a hand in several promotions 
which bore fhV same aroma that 
comes across Canarsie when the 
wind is blowing landward off the 
Jamaica mud flats. 

One of them was a tire proposi- 
tion known as Savold or Usold Tire 
& Rubber. Savold has a spectacu- 
lar advance on the Curb and then 
died very especially dead. Usold 
was so disreputable that none of 
the daily newspapers that even pre- 



CAPTAIN STOLL ON WAT 
EAST FROM THE COAST 



Treats "Mystery 1 * as Joke — 
Successor Elected. 



Los Angeles, Fsb. 1. 

CapL F. F. Stoll, president and 

promoter of the United - States 

Photoplay Corporation, reported 

missing from New York since Dec. 

IS left for the mast Sunday night. 

The Captain treats the story as a 
Joke and claims to have been in 
touch with his offices and friends 
since leaving. He spent three 
weeks at Muriieta, Hot Springs. 



This week the ' United States 
Photoplay Corporation issued the 
following statement: 

"At the regular monthly meeting 
of the board of directors of th . 
United States Photoplay Corpora- 
tion, held last Saturday, J. W. Mar- 
tin, of Cumberland, Md., was elecfed 
president to fill the unexpired tenn 
of Capt. P. F. Stoll, who has been 
mysteriously missing for more than 
a month. 

"The treasurer's report shows the 
company's funds to be in perfect 
order." 



1ST NATT AND VIRGINIA 

Washington, D. C, Feb. 2. 
The First National has prevailed 
upon the holders of its Virginia 
franchise to relinquish their con- 
tract and in future it is to be han- 
dled from this point. 



FOX L08ES IN FRENCH COURT 

Paris, Jan. 19. 

Fournet, a former employe of Gau- 
mont who was engaged as local di- 
rector of tfee William Folc business 
and who w™ reported as having left 
Gaumont's employment for that pur- 
pose sued the Fox company for 
damages for not fulfilling its con- 
tract. 

The Tribunal of Commerce, on 
Jan. 12, declared the contract be- 
tW* i Fox and Fournet as having 
been annulled by Fox, entering judg- 



N. Y.-CRITER10N TO BE REBUT 
INTO ONE FILM HOUSE BY F. 




Zukor Planning for Structure Rivalling Capitol in 
Capacity After Loew Moves Out — Putnam Proj- 1 
ect Dropped. 



5c. TAX BILLS 



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Penn'e, Governor's Recommendation 
Before Legislature. 



Harrlsburg. Pa., Feb. I. 

The suggestion of Governor Will- 
iam' C. Sproul of Pennsylvania that 
a tax of five cents a square foot be 
imposed on all bill boards in the 
state not on the advertiser's prem- 
ises has already resulted in the 
presentation of two bills to the 
Legislature. Representative Hugh 
A. Dawson, Lackawanna county, is 
sponsor of one measure that would 
fix the tax at 10 cents a foot, while 
Representative Charles C. Baldi, Jr., 
Philadelphia, goes him one better 
by fixing the rate at $1 a square 
foot. 

If either become,* a law the ad- 
ministration bill will be the Dawson 
measure, and this may be amended 
in committee to -meet the sugges- 
tion of the Governor. 



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BILL FOR APPRENTICE SYSTEM 
ON OPERATORS, N. Y. PROPOSAL 



New York Assembly Has Measure to Control Ap- 
pointments by Unions in Same Manner Used by 
Plumbers' Organization — Must Serve 6 Months. 



Iment in favor of the plaintiff and 
ordering the defendants to i ay 100 - 
000 fro. indemnity and interest. 
got started. One of the recent ac- 
tions under the Illinois law was the 
■topping of Rales of stock In the 
"Birth of a Race Corporation" which 
had made one picture with that title 
and was selling a large quantity of 
stock 1 in an effort to finance 
another. 

The viligantes are scanning a new 
project appa/antely backed by 

Charles Urban, organizer of the old 
Kinemacolor Co. entitled the Urban 
Motion Picture Industries, Inc. This 
company proposes to sell $3,500,000 
t>f preferred non-voting stock for 
Working capital while the voting 
common amounting to $7,000,000 Is 
held in a close association of com- 
pany insiders. 

The concern's prospectus mane* 
sweeping claims of future profits 
and the glittering possibilities of 
Its securities without furnishing >n 
convincing detail the financial con- 
dition of the concern now and what 
It has done up to date as a basis 
upon which to fix its "summary of 
profits" for the next three years as 
follows: 

s^ale of "Spirograph" machines, 
182.000, profit $4,095,000; 

Records, 9.100.000, profit $3,033.- 
830 (this involves a library ex- 
change system of disk motion pic- 
ture devices at 10 cents an ex- 
change). 

Duplex projectors is also a prop- 
erty included in the corporation, 

which Is estimated as $1,500,000. 
Kinekrom (color) Service also an 

asset of the concern is vlsloned by 

the company as returning a profit 

for three years of $2,000,000, while 

the black and white educational 

tfilni s ex v ice (Kineto Co. of Ameri- 
ca) will get $1,012,500 profit over 

the three -year term 

"Thus," triumphantly concludes 

this "financial statement," "it Is 

readily conceivable that the oroflts 

for the first three -year period 

should amount to over $2,000,000 

more than the total par value of 

otr authorized capital." 

The "Spirograph" is described as 

a motion picture apparatus for the 

home costing $75. and the trade 

mark shows a disk with sprocket 

ho.'es on the outer edge with a 

spiral series of transparent photo- 
graphic imag?s rur.ning from out- 
side to center. 

4s ^v'tlence that this device and 



BIG GROSS DROP 

IN DETROIT HOUSES 

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One House Slumps from $11,- 
000 to $3,000. 

Detroit, Feb. 2. 

With the closing down of the 
automobile factories in this city 
awhile back, came a sensational 
drop in the receipts of the picture 
theatres — on a much larger scale 
than prevailed in the legltimte 
houses. 

It is stated that the Broadway 
Strand, conducted by Famous Play- 
ers, which played to around $11,000 
a week before the stump, suffered a 
drop to about $3,000 a week. 

The resumption of auto manu- 
facturing, announced this week, 
will, it is believed, restore the 
house's business to normal. 



Famous Players will reconstruct 
the New York-Criterion theatre 
property, converting it into one 
large picture theatre, according to 
the plans of Adolph Zukor. Famous 
Players bought the property about a 
year ago from Klaw & Erlanger, 
At the same time the Astor prop* 
erty, Putnam building, was also pur* 
chased by them, it* then being stated 
that a big picture house would be 
erected on the Putnam building site. 
The idea has apparently been given 
up, tenants in that building having 
been offered* leases for a year or 
more after May 1 (when all present 
leases expire). Incidentally, tenants 
have been asked about $100 more 
per annum over last year's schedule, 
which was 100 per rent, over the 
rentals to that time. 

The projected new Famous-Play- 
ers theatre for the New York site 
would hs>ve a seating capacity of 
around 5.000, the approximate size 
of the Capitol. The stag- will back 
up on 45th street, opposite Loew's 
new State. This would likely re- 
move the Criterion, made a run 
house fcr pictures by Famous last 
spring. 

' With the Loew picture policy 
named to be switched to the State, 
the New York theatre property 
would bo freed for reconstruction 
sometime next summer. 

The New York theatre was built 
by Oscar Hammerstein. The pres- 
ent New York was then the 
Olympia, while the Criterion was 
called the Lyric. There were also 
a concert hall and a roof garden. 
The lyoperty passed to K. & E. 
through foreclosure on the Hammer- 
stein holdings by the New York Life. 



Albany, Feb. 8. 
Assemblyman Edward J. Flynn, 
representing the Bronx and a mem- 
ber of the Democratic minority in 
the Lower House, has again intro- 
duced his bill regulating the licens- 
ing of motion picture operators. The 
rules are designed to amend the 
general city law of the State, and 
describes the operators as "projec- 
tionists." 

Its principal intent appears to be 
to throw the control of appointment 
and licensing of operators Into 
union hands, by indirectly framing 
the whole branch of the industry on 
an apprenticeship basis, almost 
identical with the system employed 
by the very powerful plumbers' 
union. 

Managers say that if the bill be- 
comes a law nobody will be able to 
operate a projection machine, even 
a citizen using u parlor device in 
his own home, without the O. K. of 
the unions. 

The sections of the bid which 
would bring this situation about, 
according to the Interpretation of 
the managers, are as follows (the 
new text" is in fullface): 

"It shall not be lawful for any 
person or persons, save as excepted 
in section 18a of this article, 'to 
operate any moving picture projec- 
tion apparatus and its connections 
involving the use of a combustible 
film in or upon the premises of sny 
public or private building. Any 
person desiring to act as a motion 
picture projectionist shall make ap- 
plication for a license to so act to 
the mayor or licensing authority 
designated by the mayor. Such offi- 



iners of not less thill three exami- 
ners to - determine the fitness of 
applicants for license. The bosrd 
shall consist of ons city employe, 
ons moving picture projectionist 
who hss hsd not less than five 
years' experience see am j one 
employer of projectionists. The 
board of examiners shall certify to 
the licensing authority the result of 
the exsmination of each applicant. 
The moving picture projectionist 
and the employer, members of the 
board of examiners, shall serve 
without compensation. Such officer 
shall in conjunction with the board 
of exammen as herein provided 
(i. e. in the genersl city Isw) make 
rules and regulations governing the 
examination of applicants and the 
issuance of licenses ' and certifi- 
cates. • • • 

"The applicant shall be given a 
practical examination under the di- 
rection of > the officer required to 
issue such license provided that 
tacb applicant for a license shaK b* 
examined by the board of examiners 
ss herein provided as to his practi- 
cal knowledge of moving picture 
projection apparatus, see 

''Each applicant for a license 
must be accompanied by the affi- 
davit of a licensed moving picture 
projectionist to the effect that the 
applicant has served as an assist- 
ant to such licensed moving picture 
projectionist for s period of not less 
thsn six months prior to the date 
of application, except sny person 
who has had full charge of moving 
picturs projection apparatus and its 
connections may present his own 
affidavit stating that hs hss not less 
thsn six months' experience ss s 



LOEW'S NEWEST READY 



Ststs Opens in Cleveland Saturday 
— Indisnspolis Heuss Fsb. 14. 



Loew's new State opens Saturday, 
with a straight picture policy. The 
house seats 4,000 and cost $1,500,- 
000. 

A special train will carry Mar- 
cus Loew, the Loew executives and 
a troupe of picture stars to the 
opening, including John Emerson, 
Anita Loos, Ruth Roland, Montagu 
Love. Bert LytelL Creighton Hale, 
Johnny Hlnes, Hope Hampton, Zena 
Keefe, Alan Holubar, Dorothy Phil- 
lips, Marguerite Marsh and Will 
Morrissey. 



Loew's new State, Indianapolis, 
playing the Loew pop vaudeville 
policy, opens Feb. 14. The house 
seats 3.600 and Is located on Penn- 
sylvania and Court streets. 



ASKS JACK DEMPSEY 
TO GUARANTEE TITLE 



Picture Promoters Guarding 
Against Loss. 

Los Angeles, Feb. 2. 

Jack Dempsey has arrived here,^ 
prepared to star In picture making 
prior to his battle set for March IT 
with Jess Willard. 

A hitch has arisen in the nego- 
tiations. The Dempsey film pro- 
moter Is asking a guarantee from 
the champion, to indemnify them ia 
case he loses the title. 



NAZIMOVA'S "CAMILLE." 



Script Prepared— "Camilla* 
Looked for. 



Flood 



cer shall appoint a bosrd of axanv Amoving picturs projectionist. The 



licensing authority may require 
thst the affidavit bs corroborated. 
Any person 21 years of sgs or more 
detiring to set ss sn assistant to 
ths holder of s license shell register 
his name, ago, address and plsee of 
employment ss such assistant on a 
form furnished for the purpose by 
the licensing authority, the said 
licensing suthority may issus s 
permit allowing such s person to 
assist s licensed moving picture 
projectionist in s booth or enclo- 
sure, hut such assistant 9ha.ll him- 
self not operste s moving picturs 
projection sppsrstus or its connec- 
tions, sxcspt undsr ths personal 
supervision of the holder of a 
license. 

"It ie further provided that no 
license shell bs grsntsd to sn ap- 
plicant, unless he shall hsvs served 
as an assistant to ths holder of s 
license for not less thsn six months, 
or instesd thereof shell have hsd 
not less thsn six months' experience 
ss s moving picture projectionist 
prior to the date of spplicstion for 
S license." 

A fine of not more than $100 or 
imprisonment for not more than 
three months, or both, is provided 
for violation. 



Now that Famous Players has 
definitely abandoned its Idea of 
making a big production of "Ca* 
mllle," it is announced Nazimova. 
has set about casting a company for 
a special screen presentation of ths 
Dumas classic. June Mathis has 
prepared the script and Rudolph 
Valentine will play Armand. Ray 
Small wood, who directed the last*- 
three Nazimova pictures, will serve 
In the same capacity for this one. 

This will mean the refurnishing 
of a lot of older film versions of ths 
Dumas story and the production of 
several new ones. It ie almost cer- 
tain William Fox will offer a reissue 
of the production he made of it with 
Theda Bars. * 



NAT D0RFMAN MARRIES 

Nat Dorfman. vice president and 
publicity director of Buorlss Picture! 
Corp., was married last week to* 
Belle Bloomfield, of Lynn, Mass. J 



RIESENFELD DINNER. 

Invitations have been sent out by 
the Famous Players -Lasky Cor- 
poration for its dinner to be given 
in honor of Hugo Riesenfcld at Del- 
monico's Tuesday, Feb. 8. 



Miss Nillson Cancels. 
Anna Q. Nillson had her ticket 
purchased and reservation made to 
leave New York for the coast on 
Monday of the current week, where 
she was to play the lead in a spe- 
cial production, but at the last mo- 
ment cancelled 




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Friday, February 4, 1921 



MOTION PICTURE DEPARTMENT— PAGES 43 TO 47 

PICTURES 



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8-REEL SPECIALS AND LONG 
RUNS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS 



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Fint National Feeling Out Sentiment of Fans- 



"Passion" at the Capitol Gave the Hint— Believe 
Public Is Tired of Five-Reelers. 



FAIRBANKS INJURED; 
MAY SAIL FOR JAPAN 



Comedian Breaks Bones of 
Hand in New Picture. 



Again a change in film evolution. 
The special feature of eight reels 
minimum, to be put down for runs 
of one and two weeks and longer in 
key theatres in the larger cities, is 
the newest plam.ed step designed to 
golve the manufacturer-exhibitor 
problem. Copyists ever, following 
each other's leads that result suc- 
cessfully, three of the biggest of the 
producing organizations are now 
trying to sew up ends that will per- 
mit the smooth working of the pro- 
ducers' present long run propa- 
ganda, i 

The result of the recent "Passion" 
engagement at the Capitol bases 
the new impetus. J. D. Williams, 
the First National's pilot has al- 
ready on his shelves the nucleus 
for a good try-out of the new ex- 
humation of the several times 
shelved long feature for runs. "Man, 
Woman, Marriage, the special feat- 
ure of the Williams' brood shortly 
to be circulated will tentatively feel 
out the country's disposition. Pop- 
ulation rather than precedent will 
determine the length of time it will 
be put down for in different cities. 

The old cry of producers that big 
pictures are prematurely canned is 
behind the new resurrection of an 
old condition. But this time manu- 
facturers believe the big feature ex- 
tended run thing can be put 
through. Their returns prove that 
the five-reel program feature has 
lost its popularity, even with a big 
•tar's name. The exhibitor's objec- 
tions to features longer than five 
or six reels is more from prejudice 
than practicability, they urge. The 
big feature with substance, the pro- 
ducers claim, is more satisfactory to 
an audience now than the namby 
pamby 6-reeler, supplemented by 
the added reels of chop suey news- 
grama, cartoons and educationals. 

When "Cabiria," "Quo Vadis," 
and 'Les Mlserables" first hit the 
screen, the producers of that day 
thought the solution of their prob- 
lems had arrived. But film au- 
diences then wanted a shorter show, 
one chopped up, that could be 
caught or walked out on at almost 
any stage with a fair measure of 
entertainment left for the patron. 
Native efforts to give exhibitors 
long run specials as effective as the 
foreign made "Cabiria," "Quo 
Vadis" and "Les Miserables" failed 
because of the lack of exhibitors* 
support. 

"Quo Vadis," the first of the big 
Imported features to score was a 
sensation with its advent. "Cabiria," 
its successor scored equally. But 
the first long feature to score a 
really long run was the French 
made "Les Miserables," in nine 
reels, which won a five months' run 
In the hole-ln-the-ground Carnegie 
Lyceum eight years ago, playing at 
a $2 top, and averaging $4,000 gross 
P«r week during its stay, figures 
considered sensational at that 
thee. 

J oi lowing the evolution further 
Wk shows "Dante's Inferno," an 
Ituliun made six-reeler, pirated here 
by duping, and resurrects again 
James K. HaekeU's advent in the 
first American made long feature, 
"The Prisoner of Zenda," which 
Paid an investing group of about 
20 something Ilk* l.OOO pTr cent, on 
their ■peculation. 



HICH£NS AGREES. 

Robert Hlchens, who had ten- 
tatively agreed to write original 
stories for Famous Playerg when 
approached by Jesse Lasky in 
London last June, has sent Lasky 
a contract agreeing to go to work 
along that line at once, it is pos- 
sible he will come to America to 
study , onditlons at first ha. id. 



EASTMAN CO. ORDERED 
DISSOLVED BY U. S. 



United States Finds Concern 
Controls 72 P. C. Film. 



Rochester, Feb. 4. 
The Eastman Kodak Co. was or- 
dered dissolved under a decree is- 
sued this week by Judge Hazel of 
the U. 8. Dis'trict Court for the 
Western District of New York. It 
is believed here that the company's 

moving picture business will not be 
seriously damaged by the decree, 
hut will force the sale of plants in 
Jamestown and Rochester engaged 
in making paper and plates. 

This, it is estimated, will account 
for only 10 per cent, of the busi- 
ness, the other 90 per cent, being 
tied up in the film and camera 
manufactures. The plants to be 
disposed of with their lines of goods 
represent J3.78e.000. Sales last year 
amounted to $7, 146,000. 

The government concedes that 
Eastman organized and developed 
the film business and that the com- 
pany was built up legitimately. It 
manufactures by far the greatest 
part of the motion picture "blank, 
stock" used in the industry as well 
as almost all* the unexposed nega- 
tives. 

The complaint on the part of the 
U. S. attorney general was that this 
single organization controlled 72 
per cent, of the market for photo- 
graphic goods. 

The Eastman common stock listed 
on the New York Stock Exchunge 
has been unusually active the last 
ten days and has moved up from 
less than $C00 a share to $625. There 
is under discussion a plan to read- 
just the stock into smaller units, 
at tho 6ame time distributing a 
large stock dividend. The company 
pays 2V4 per cent, regular and 716 
extra in quarterly dividends. 

The suit against the company was 
begun by the government in 1913. 
Decision in favor of the government 
v.as made in 1915 and a final de- 
cree signed in January, 1916, by 
Judge Hazel. The company ap- 
pealed from the decision to the 
United States Supreme Court. 

The case was held in abeyance 
during the war, and then it was an- 
nounced the government would con- 
tinue to prosecute the case. An- 
nouncement was made in Washing- 
ton on Monday that the Eastman 
Co., through James S. Havens, vice- 
president and counsel, had with- 
drawn its appeal. The matter was 
referred back to the District Court, 
and Judge Hazel formally ordered 
the company as const itirhjd dis- 
solved. 



Los Angeles, Feb. 2. 

While making the final scenes of 
his now picture, Douglas Fairbanks 
broke the bones In one of his hands 
and will be unable to do much for 
five'weeks. • 

The release date of the picture, 
set for Feb. 22, has been put over 
until March 1. 

Mr. Fairbanks and his wife, Mary 
Pickford, may take a trip to Japan 
while his hand is healing. Going by 
way of Seattle. It is expected the 
hand will be all right by the time 
Japan is reached, when a Jap story 
will be made into film. 

Meanwhile Edward Knoblock is 
preparing Fairbanks' version of 
"The Three Musketeers." 

Miss Pickford is working on 
final two weeks of "Through 
Back Door." Her next will 
"Lord Fauntleroy," she playing a 
dual role of the mother and title- 
part. 



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ELVEY AGITATES. 

Finds Fault v*ith French Films. 



CHAPLIN DENIES GOLDWYN DEAL; 
STARTS SOON ON UNITED WORK 



Says Goldwyn Would Have Guaranteed $3,000,000 
on "The Kid"— New Pictures to Be Five Reels— i 
Associated Merger Project Off. 

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CLOSING EXHIBITOR 
COSTLY TO PRODUCER 



Claim Famous and First Na- 
tional Are Favored. 



The French and English film 
trade publications are very much 
exercised over an article by Maurice 
ElVey, the British picture director, 
in which he criticizes French photo- 
play productions. Elvey makes a 
number , of charges in his article, 
among which are: 

That French pictures are far be- 
hind the time, photographically and 
otherwise; 

That they are below the stand- 
ard of Italian or American films in 
photographic effects; 

That French producers are un- 
able to keep up a high level of ex- 
cellence (when there Is any) or en- 
thusiasm, but "tail off" before 
reaching the end — "that the 
Frenchman seems to lose heart long 
before the task he has set himself 
is completed." 

Pierre A. d'Urville, writing In Le 
Courrier Clnematographique, and 
Somcrville Story in "Scenario," an- 
other French film publication, in 
lengthy articles fly to the defense 
of the French production of pic- 
tures. The gist of their remarks are 
to the effect that Mr. Elvey Is, so 
to Speak, talking through his bonnet. 



BABE RUTH LOSES OUT. 



N. Y. Court of Appeals Decides 
Appeal Can Be Taken from 
Lower Court. 



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Albany, N. Y., Feb. 2. 

The Court of Appeals yesterday 
denied the application on, behalf of 
Babe Ruth to permit an appeal from 
the Appellate Division, which held 
the Educational Films could not bo 
restrained from showing Ruth mak- 
ing home runs. 

The film Ruth sought to have re- 
strained is a pieced two-reeler. The 
first court, In denying the injunc- 
tion application, said Ruth was a 
public character and as such was 
not injured in the exhibition of the 
picture. 



Detroit, Feb. 2. 
J. E. Klynn, local manager for 
Goldwyn, expresses the biggest 
problem in the selling and distribu- 
tion of pictures to-day. Tie states 
it takes more time to secure dates 
from exhibitors after selling than 
the actual selling consumes. 

"Here's the big trouble to-day," 
he says. "Our salesmen go out and 
sell tho exhibitor, who signs the 
contracts Id good faith even going 
so far as to bring in deposits. Ho 
agrees to send us his dates. Weeks 
go by and we don't hear from him; 
then we start writing, phoning, wir- 
ing and in many, many Instances 
compelled to smd our, salesman for 
the dates. 

"Because a contract Is not worth 
anything until the picture is played 
— It is then that we get our money. 
It is very expensive trying to get 
dates from exhibitors, and no doubt 
some plan will have to be devised 
to eliminate this trouble, otherwise 
it will be necessary to in« rease film 
rentals to take care of this extra 
overhead expense. Our company is 
not alone in this trouble; I have 
talked vith most of the other ex- 
change managers in Detroit and 1 
hear the same complaint." 

The Variety correspondent upon 
further investigation of this matter 
found out that exhibitors holding 
Paramount and First National con- 
tracts Rive those companies the 
preference every time. 



F.-P. LITIGATION ENDED. 

Koplar Interests Settled With in 
Missouri. 



r. P.'s District Managers Meet. 

*"*• U. Kent, the newly appointed 

funeral 'sales manager for Famous 

♦ rs, has called a meeting of the 

district managers in New fork next 

■ 

is expected he will make u i 
number of changes in the distrlbu 
tioii personnel of the organisation, i 



ANOTHER WITH HILL. 

Gus Hill is financially interested 
in a new corporation now being 
formed for the making of pictures. 
It will be called Romaine Fielding 
Productions, with a capital stock 
of $100,000. , 

The object of the company is to 
make special features to be sold 
through Independent exchange.;, j 
The first picture *iii prooaldi be 
version of Owen : Davis' "Through' 
the Breakers/' which Hill produced; 
on the spoken stage some years 
ago. 



WIRES TO EXHIBITORS. 

j 

Thousands oi telegrams were sent 

out this week by film prodt re sp- 

peallns to exhibitors to join the Na-j 
tional Association of the Mol 
Picture Industry. 

Already every theatre controlled 
by Pamou* Plaj • rs < Soldu > n ai »l 
l o\ has joined and It Is hoped 
corral praetkiaUj every' house in I 
country, 

The tippeal i 1 -' for nil exhibit 
tvork In I'.mii"' '■■•■■ I he ■ '••• • 
-oud Instead of 



UTICA'S FIGHT STILL ON. 

Syracuse, N. Y., Feb. 2. 

The "war" between the Utica 
"Morning Press" and the Utica film 
houses is in its second week, with 
both sides holding firm, and the 
Press continuing its daily assaults 
upon the house owners and man- 
agers. 

The ammunition now used by the 
"Press" is reprints of articles from 
Other publications in which the tore 
ol screen vehicles is assailed as im- 
moral, together with dozens of let- 
tera dally, written by subscribers, 
Aud expressing similar .sentiments. 



SCIIERTZINGER A MARK. 

Los Angeles, Feb. 'j. 

Victor Bchertslnger, Goldwyn di- 
rector, m;is last Saturady night (!,-• 
vietim for the second tune of burg- 
lars In his home at Beverly Hills. 

This time the loss seta him hark 

• (,m $M»,ar.n 



MUFFLED DRUMS'— MAYER'S 

"Muffled I » ums" -a ill bfe the. fll 
.John M. Sthhl product lop r< l< a 
through I".]- * National bj Louis 
■ • Raj ! ai-.i < 'nst • ton will b« 

ii • il ;■ ,d v ..] U \\ hi begin on the 

i in : i '". 7. 



St. Louis, Feb. 2. 

Litigation over 4he control of a 
number of theatres between Harry 
Koplar and the Famous Players 
(Missouri) has been settled out of 
court. It marks the end of a- battle 
which followed a deal made last 
March by the Koplar interests, by 
which they turned over to the Fa- 
iiouf Players theatres they con- 
trolled. F. L. Cornwell, a lawyer, 
president of tho Famous Players 
(Missouri), it is said, stated the 
Koplars, under the terms of the 
settlement, would receive less than 
2.> per cent, of the $1,350,000 which 
thej demanded for tneir theatre In- 
terests. 

The month during which the 
tho Famous Flayers Missouri Cor- 
poration was to control tho Koplar 
theatres expired May 12, and the 
Koplars tried to regain control. 
Koplar declared that he had been 
unable to coded any money from 
the corporation, although ho claimed 
it had controlled his theatres for 
a month and had taken over the 
receipts of the houses. The Famous 
Players later obtained 
Injunction to prevent 
from Interfering with 



a temporary 
tho Koplars 

the theatres. 



SELZNICK NEWS ONLY 

jfn future the Selzmck organiza- 
tion will release only one news 
weekly, to be called Selxnlck News. 
It will be edited by E. V. Hurling. 

Myron and David SelsnicK left 
this w. « k for a vacation at Palm 
Beach and Havana. Ttn^.v will be 

accompanied i>: director Alan Cros- 
land) the i.i 1 1 < i- having a few weeks' 
leisure before beginning his n< xt 
produel ion. 



METRO WEEK. 



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Los Angeles, Feb. 2. 

The story In Variety anent 

Chaplin-Goldwyn deal resulted 
Hiram Abrams burning up 
wires to the coast. 

Chaplin made a statement 
Variety's local representative yes- 
terday that he will take up his 
United Artists' contract as soon as 
he has finished making tho three 
two-reelers still due First National, 
and that all his United Artists' 
productions will bo five reelers. 

He added there was nothing to 
the Goldwyn rumors other than he 
and Samuel Goldwyn are good 
friends, but admitted that Goldwyn 
would have guaranteed ; m v 3,000,«* 
000 for his share on "The Kid." 



Nathan Burkan, personal attorney 
for Chaplin in New York, confirmed 
the Chaplin coast intervie , additg 
that his client was for ' o United 
Artists and proposed to carr> out 
his agreement with that distribut- 
ing organization as soon as he was 
enabled to enter upon it. 

The fourth member of the United 
is D. W. Griffith. Ic is understood 
he also proposes to devote himself 
to making pictures for release 
through that distributing organiza- 
tion. As soon as he has fill's' ed 
with the .road shows of "Way 
Down East" it is undcrst x>c T Gritlith 
will book the feature In the p: ure 
houses through the United 

The United has decided to open 
its own exchanges in England ..nd 
throughout Kurope; also South 
America. Hiram Abrams leaves for 
England in a few weeks to arrrmgaj 
f^r a London office. 



Los Angeles, Feb. 2. 
The likelihood of an amalgnma* 
tion between United Artists and As- 
sociated Producers is now definitely 
off. 

According to the report hcr<\ 
Mack Bennett started negotiations 

with Douglas Fairbanks and Mary 
Pickford, and the result was a con- 
ference here with Dennis F. O'Brien 
and Hiram Abrams. 

United, it Is understood, wero 
willing to take in Sennett and Mar- 
shall Neilan, but would not con- 
sider the other Associated Pro- 
ducers' members. ' Messrs. Sennett 
and Neilar declined to consider any 
deal that did not include all tho 
producing units of the A soclatcd, 
at which point negotiations ceased, 

VISITED KIPLING 

Randolph Lewis, publicity direc- 
tor for Pathe, returned Sunday on 
the Aquirania, after several months' 
visit to Rudyard Kipling, during 
which time ho acquainted tho 
famous write, with the technique of 
scenario writing. He found Kipling 
a ceaseless worker and had little 
time for recreation. 

Lewis discovered the writer was 
averse to publicity of any sort — 
even to the extent of according 
Lord Beaverbrodkj the well known 
English publisher, and a personal 
friend, the privilege of interviewing 
him fur publication. 

CIVIC THEATRE CORP. 

Albany, N. Y„ Feb. 2. 
Tine,, prominent cjtizens of Rich- 
mond itiii. L. i., have just incorpo- 
rated Our civic theatre at the Sec- 
retary ef Btat-eis office, a theatre 
will be constructed and pictu 
presented. The capital stock Js 
$300,000, the company beginning 
business with $160 000. Dr. A. 
Lopes Cardoso, Robert Buchanan* 
Jr.. and Kdgar X. Zorn are the di- 
N CtOI S. 



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Mel I <) \\ ee],, y, ) , , [) ;, (|, , 

made to ha • <• ■■■ ppro> im 
!y 7 <><)(> -xhinitor* ol the I Lite I i 
Stat« s and < 'an ■•(• > how only fit I 
tractions rel< • t ov- I 

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Nat Beer in New York. 

X;'t »:. i. I-, formerly manager of 

:-'< lect's .New Jersey territory, has 

i»< en promote d to vales man. iK> r of 

the New V"tk exchange, operating 

'.!.') i|>- rvision of ibm j >., - 

• 

• : w. Kramer, until recently in 
< harge Of the Select bran< h in 
City, lias b ••« n transferred 
to the New Jersey territory* 



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VOL. LXI. No. 12 



NEW YORK CITY, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1921 



46 PAGES 




EQUITY SHOP' 



STIRS P. M. A. 



NEW YORK PICTURE FOLKS 
WOULD BREAK WITH EQUITY 



\Want Charter of Their Own from Four A's — Meet- 
ing Held Sunday — Equity Executives Object — 
Matter to Be Considered Further. 



The picture people in New York 
belonging to the Actor's Equity As- 
sociation want a charter of their 
own, from the Four A's, of which 
the Equity is an arm. This was the 
consensus of the meeting of the 
Moving Picture Section of Equity, 
as it Is called, which convened Sun- 
day at the Hotel Astor for that pUr- 
pOKC 

After the desire of the gathering 
was made known, the Equity rep- 
resentatives spoke against the pro- 
posal. They told those assembled 
it was through the efforts of Equity 
the Picture Section had been formed 
and whatever benefit may have ac- 
crued to the members also could be 
traced to the same source. 

The final action of the meeting 
was to deliberate further and re- 
port later, when the demands of the 
Picture Section would be placed In 
writing. 

The reasons why the members of 
the Picture Section wanted to with- 
draw from Equity were explained at 
the meeting. 

The Four A's Is the parent body 
In which the .'Equity, Vaudeville 
Branch and a couple of other char- 
ters hold membership. Should the 
Picture Section be granted a Four 
A charter, it would be absolute in 
Its field, under its own domination 
only, and it would bring up the mat- 
ter of Equity members having the 
choice of selecting their branch, as 
*ny number of straight Equity 
members frequently or infrequently 
appear in pictures. 

The Picture Section . now has 
about 2.000 members, all in the 
East. They pay the name dues as 
*" Equity member. 



PHILADELPHIA SOCIETY 
WILL CENSOR PLAYS 



Colonial Dames Committee to 
Pass Upon Shows 

Philadelphia, Feb. 9. 

A meeting of the Colonial Dames 
of America was held in the old l»r. 
Casper Wistar home, 400 Locust 
street, for the purpose of appoint- 
ing a committee to censor all plays 
and report any vulgarity in them. 
Mrs. James Francis Sullivan, a local 
society leader, was appointed chair- 
man. 

Members of the society wi-1 en- 
deavor to view many of the plays 
in New York before they reach 
Philadelphia. 

A similar committee to act in 
censoring films is in course of for- 
mation, to work la conjunction with 
the State Board of Censors. 

Mrs. George W. Norris presided, 
and Mrs. James Large, president of 
the Colonial Dame*, addressed the 
meeting, and expressed the senti- 
ment of the Dames that the time 
has arrived to call a halt in the 
manner in which some of the local 
musical comedies and other plays 
are overstepping the bounds to 
draw patronage. 

Another meeting is scheduled for 
next week. 



INDEPENDENTS 
SEEK SAFETY 



Producing Managers' Ass'n 
Meets Wednesday — Sends 
Letter of Warning to 
Members — Attention 
Drawn to Pdstcard Vote. 



CLEVELAND BURLESQUE HOUSE 
TO DEFY SUNDAY CLOSING RULE 



CONFER ON AD RATES 



A special meeting of the Produc- 
ing Managers' Association held 
Wednesday afternoon was called to 
consider the "Equity Shop" move- 
ment by the Actors' Equity Associ- 
ation, though the "Equity Shop" 
is not directed again t the P. M. A., 
which is protected by the strike set- 
tlement agreement, the managers 
went on record as being opposed to 
the movement which was dubbed 
"closed shop." 

It is known that half a dozen in- 
dependent managers whose activities 
have been in the smaller stands and 
who never affiliated v. ith the P. M. 
A. have applied for membership. 
These application.* are b.-ing con- 
sidered, but there was no action 
taken, nor were they formally con- 
sidered at Wednesday's meeting. 

An unsigned letter was sent out 
t» managers last week decrying the 
"Equity Shop" move and calling at- 
tention to the postal card s. stem of 
voting. The letter was: 

Although the Equity Associ- 
ation officials have had the lit- 
erature advocating the "closed 
shop" (in conjunction with the 
sending out ballots for a refer- 
endum vote on the subject) 
ready since January 18, they 

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NEWS" DRAMATIC EDITOR 



YOUNG— WITH OLD STUFF. 



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orug Girls of "Midnight Round- 
Grow Sarcastic in Nice 

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Boston, Feb. 9. 

■Jimmy Cody, stage manager of 
tne "Midnight Hound, rs." who has 
•een laying claim to being the 
youngeat full - fledged producing 
•tage manager in the business, was 
Printed Monday night with a 
JJther l '".v looking loving cup from 
we members of the chorus, with a 
•Sfd Which stated "To •J.iiiir.y,' the 
n>iinge--i ntnge nan..:; or. Using the 
oldest language known 10 the pro- 
fession." 

Cody accepted (he cup but not the 
c °mplhnent. although he admitted 

tnnt he was 
•hen he 



llOUgh 

generally understood 
talked during rehearsals, 



James Whittisr, Now Officiating, 
Husband of Ina Claire. 



James Whittier, who is now the 
dramatic editor of the New Y'e's 
(Illustrated) "Daily News,'' is the 
husband of Ina Claire. 

Mr. Whittier came to the "News" 
from the Chicago "Tribune." which 
operates the New York daily as an 
outlet for its surplus profits. The 
Chicago paper is threatened with 
added surplus through t lie venture, 
as the "News" has been the quickest 
circulation-maker for a daily ever 
started In this country. It has se- 
cured and holds its own class of 
readers. 

Mr. anc Mrs. Whittle* were mar- 
lied somewhat over ■ year «go, and i 
sre nmw living In their apartn 
on West 40th street. Miss Clnire 

is the stir of Belaseo'i "Odd I''" 
gi rs," at the Lyceum. 



TOWN SHOW HUNGRY; 
NEVER MINDS SCENERY 

u Sweetheart Shop M Gets 

$2,000 in One-Nighter — 
First There in Year. 



I.OS Angr'es, Feb. 9. 

"The Sweetheart Shop" played 
Albuquerque, New Mexico, for one 
night on its way into Los Angeles, 
without scene»y and costumes, get- 
ting almost $2,000. at thy High 
Sehool Auditorium there. 

It was the first attraction that 
has been in tl.o town in a year, 
and the local manager stated the 
public- were ready to pay $L\50. even 
though the actors just came in and 

walked through (he town. 

Becanse of railroad connections, 

it was impossible to haul scenery 

i in! costumes. :,, l h'i f i the scenery 

! en brought tip It routd not have 

I been set, f<»r the stage Is "<iiy 15 

feet, 



Star's Manager Charges Discrimination in Favor of 
Vaudeville and Pictures— Case May Prove Test 
of Ohio Law — Mayor Dodges Issue. 



"BEN HUR" GOING OUT; 
MARC KLAW PRODUCING 

Agreement Between Klaw & 
Erlanger— Picture Rights. 

"Ben llur' will be out this season 
after all. It will appear Under the 
name of' Klaw & Erlanger, which 
the contract provides for, but will 
be under the personal direction of 
Marc Klaw. The Spectacle is due 
for opening in Boston next month 
and the Metropolitan Is mentioned 
to house it for the New York show- 
ing, It will be the show's twenty- 
Rrst annual appearance. 

A report that M Ben Hur M would 
see the boards again this season, 
despite the disagreement which 
stopped it early In the fall, cropped 
up confidentially a month ago. It 
was denied. Tuesday matters were 
straightened and rehearsals ordered 
to begin at once. 

The show had been in rehearsal 
at the Manhattan in September 
under the direction of A. L. Er- 
langer. It was then stated the piece 
would be gi\en a bigger production 
than ever, with four chariots in ac- 
tion for the finale during the Man- 
hattan engagement, which was to 
have been for a minimum of six 
weeks. The players engaged were 
paid two weeks' salary and dis- 
missed, after rehearsing for a little 
more than a week. 

The great value of the picture 
rights Is believed to have figured In 
the settlement of the differences be- 
tween Klaw and Erlanger to the 
extent of having it go out under the 
old K. & E. name. An offer made 
guaranteed the firm $500,000 for 
their end of the picture rights. It 
was proposed to film the sneeze]* 
in pome and. to Spend H hfttt mil- 
lion on the picture. 

The contract with the estate of 
General Lew B. Wallace calls for a 
minimum of 75 performances each 
year for the showing of "Ben llur." 
The agreement stipulates that pro- 
duct ten rights cease if that number 
of performances are not given. 
which would automatically carry 
mw.iv the picture privileges. 



NEW PARTS REVUE. 

I'aris. Feb. 9 % 
A new revue is in rehearsal here. 

with Maurice Chevalier and the 

Jackson GSirl* featured. 

Its home and opening dale arc 

Withheld. 



Cleveland, Feb. 9. 

Believing discrimination Is being 
used regarding the operation of Sun- 
day closing of theatres, Frank M. 
Drew, part owner and manager of 
the Star (burlesque) has announced 
Bundag performances, starting Sun- 
day at the usual matinee ami even- 
ing hours. 

"I see no reason why the Star 
should not hold regular perform-" 
ances .Sunday, when the /audevillo 
houses and picture shows are al- 
lowed to operate," prow is reported 
to have declared. 

'Tt seems to me that the Star, the 
Empire, the Open House, and the 
Shuberl-Colonial have all been dis- 
criminated against in this respect 
Sunday is the only day off' of most 
of the patrons, and this is where J 
think the regular theaters are treyt- 
ed unfa.rly," he said. 

Mayor Fitzgerald was approached 
for an opinion in the matter regard- 
ing the step contemplated by the 
Star, but dodged the Issue. 

It is believed here that the case 
will be a test as to the legality oj 
Sunday openings. 



WAR VETERANS FIGHT 
AGAINST BLUE LAWS 



Louisville Meeting Results in 
Resolution to Oppose Them. 

Louisville, Feb. 9. 

Proposed "blue laws" wore dealt 
what is likely to prove a death blow 
here at a meeting of the Veterans 
of Foreign Wars. Branding them 
as un-American in that they tend to 
hinder the freedom of the public, 
a motion was passed in which it was 
r_p_aalvf»d to oppooe t» jhe utmost 
the establishment of any such lava 
that might hinder the working 
people of the country on their iy 
of relaxation. 

The resolution was Introduced '»? 
August Koed< r of the I.ouisv i 1* 
Post. 



AGAINST RAISING PRICES. 

Philadelphia, Feb. 9. 
Representative Blumberg Intro* 
duced a measure at Harrisburg' 
that will, if passed, compel theatre 
owners, picture houses, or other 
amusement enterprises to stop tho 
ubiquitous practice of increasing 
their admission prices on SaiiucLtyn 4 
and holidays* * 






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2 26 HANWAY ST., OXFORD ST., W. I. 

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TEUTONIC PERFORMERS BARRED 
FROM LONDON BY FEDERATION 



Variety Artists Compel Cancellation of Enemy Alien 
— ex-Service Men Threatened to Pull Down 

Theatre — Case in Court. 





London, Feb. 5. 

Enemy alien artists are still try- 
ing to pet into London, despite the 
rigid bar put up against them by 
the Variety Artists Federation. 

Recently Mar Berol Konorah, of 
the International Artisten larger 
Germany, tried to have the bar re- 
moved, but failed.^ 

In a court action this week the 
evidence showed that last year the 
Federation stopped Sylvester 
Schaffer, who was used to top the 
programs in the best music halls 
Schaffer was booked for the Graves- 
end when the Federation Informed 
the Discharged Soldiers and Sailors' 
Federation, members of which 
threatened to pull down the theatre. 
The turn was taken off. 

Later Josephine Reeve, said to be 
an American markswoman, was 
booked in the South End on a bill in 
which Schaffer appeared, and the 
Variety Artists Federation forced 
the house to close Friday. Miss 
Keeve started suit, claiming the bal- 
ance of salary due her. 

The defendant theatre company, 
in its answer, charged misrepresent- 
ation and concealment of Schaffer's 
origin by the booking company; but 
the Judge, while declaring that 
Schaffer, although traveling on a 
Czecho-Slovak passport, was once 
under Austrian rules and therefore 
an enemy alien, rendered Judgment 
for Miss Reeve, holding that the 
agents who booked the performers 
had not been deceived, as they knew 
all the time they had an enemy alien 
in the bill. 

The Federation holds its point has 
been established and, as a sequel to 
the court decision, this week caused 
the Coliseum to cancel the Czecho- 
slovak Trio, booked to open Feb. 7. 



"DAS PROGRAM" TAKES 
UP "GRAFT" PAYMENTS 



Publishes List of Acts and 
Bonuses Offered. 



LONDON 'IRENE" STOPS; ] pARfg pj^ JO ENTHUSE 

NO ROYALTY PAYMENTS AWf „ .„«.,* 1TnilT nnAiM^r«.A.. 

N( Y k „ , s . t , OVER TWO NEW PRODUCTIONS 

New Yorkers Not Surptsed at 
English Announcement 



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FIRST FILM SHOWN 
FROM ALLIANCE STUDIO 

'.'Carnival" Is Brilliant— Har- 
ley Knowles Honored. 

London. Feb. t. 

"Carnival," the first production to 
be shown by the $5,000,000 Alliance 
Film Corporation, whose directors 
are under summons to appear in 
court in connection with the stock 
selling, was .screened this wcik for 
the trade and is pronounced a bril- 
liant production. 

Mafheson Lang is featured. Har- 
by Knowles, who directed, was 
given an ovation. He had to Jake 
several calls at the showing. 



In a recent issue of Das Pro- 
gramm, the theatrical journal of 
Germany, the following artiele ap- 
peared in regard to acts offering 
and giving added bonuses to agents 
securing them engagements. The 
Das Programm says: 

"According to repeated decisions 
and after numerous warnings, we 
(Das Programm) publish in this 
column the names of aTtists who 
have offered or given graft money to 
agents for securing an engagement. 
As per agreement, the agents are 
obliged to report all such cases to 
their association and have further 
to give.- an account to the Inter- 
national Artists Lodge. If they fail 
to do so they are liable to be pena- 
lized. The I. A. L., warns all artists 
in a' very earnest manner not to 
offer any gratuity or special induce- 
ments td whatever agent they may 
deal with. '■ 

These are the names announced 
in Das Programm. — 

Adams Trio, girl act, offered 60 
marks for each half monthly en- 
gagement; Fritz Meinert, comedian, 
offered after receiving contract to 
pay 10 or 15 per cent, of his salary 
in advance: Erna Schmegg, soprano, 
paid 40 per cent, for a single engage- 
ment; Harry Maltok, formerly Wil- 
li Albrand, offered 200 marks extra 
for each engagement; Max Weller, 
offered 16 per cent, extra for each 
engagement; Fritrlc and Fred Wor- 
achak, operetta duo, offered 10 per 
cent, extra for each contract; Fredy 
Rembrandt, "Prince of the Boheme," 
offered 10 per cent, of his salary of 
6000 marks and 100 marks extra for 
each contract received; Lisa and 
Herbert Roche, dancing tenm, of- 
fered a "stipulated" percentage in 
case the agent gives them a per- 
manent engagement. 

At the end of the list Das Pro- 
gramm continues — * We, the I. A. L., 
earnestly request all artists to im- 
mediately advise the lodge of any 
case known to them where artists 
have offered or given graft money. 
We will" publish the names and 
think this -will help to kill the evil 
habit." 



News from London on the decision 
to close "Irene" at the Empire thea- 
tre on Saturday dooa not come as a 
surprise to those in New York finan- 
cially interested in the London pro- 
duction through royalty claims. 
Hairy Tierney returned last week 
from England, it having been his 
second journey in an attempt to se- 
cure a settlement on the royalties, 
now said to have mounted to over 
$18,000. 

There in another American in Lon- 
don at present with the sam^ object 
in view. He sailed about a month 
ago. 

Attorneys have the American roy- 
alty claims in hand and that may 
figure in the closing. 

It is known that when Edith Day 
left the show, the production was 
permitted to sr.j and with the per- 
formance not up to scratch, busi- 
ness started to decline. There are, 
however, several provincial com- 
panies touring England with "Irene." 

J. L. Sacks secured the English 
rights to "Irene" and produced the 
show there last year. Not long after 
royalties ceased coming over here 
and the Vanderbilt Producing Co. 
failed to obtain an explanation. Sev- 
eral times persons were sent abroad 
with full power of attorney and 
instructed to go the limit, but with- 
out success. 

The same management secured 
the English rights to "Mary'.' last 
fall, paying George M. Cohan a 
bonus of $10,000. When this was 
announced one of the American 
owners of "Irene" interested in the 
Englhh royalties, dryly remarked he 
believed Sacks had used the royal- 
ties on "Irene," which amounted to 
that sum at the time, to buy "Mary." 
It is alleged royalties on the touring 
company of "The Lilac Domino" are 
also long overdue. 



"Glaives," Poetic Propaganda Play, Is Poorly Re, 
ceived, and Femme <Je Luxe," a Risque 
Comedy, Only Does a Little Better. 



COVENT GARDEN CLOSES 
PANTO AFTER SHORT RUN 



FI3KE GUIDES 'MISS NELLY' 

Producer Directing Preparations for 
London Opening Feb. 14. 



London, Feb. t. 

"Miss Nelly of New Orleans" will 
open at the Duke of York's Monday. 

Harrison Grey Flske, who present- 
ed his wife in the play several sea- 
sons ago in New York, Is over here 
to supervise! the production. 

Other new plays announced for 
tho near future include "A Social 
Convenience," by H. M. Harwood, 
whfeb will replace "Milestones" at 
the Royalty, and a now western 
drama to follow tne "Babel in the 
Wood" pantomime at the Lyceum. 
Young JJuffalo will head the cast of 
the incoming play, 

Bernard Hishin is preparing Earl 
Derr Bigger! 1 "Three's a Crowd." 



BELASCO HAS RIGHTS 
, FOR 'WANDERING JEW 



GEORGE FORMBY DIES. 

London, Feb. 9. 
George Formby, one of the cele- 
brated pantomimists and a front 
rank comedian, died here yesterday 
after 1 a long illness. He was com- 
pelled to retire from one of the pan- 
tomimes at Newcaatlo-cn-Tyne a 
short time ago, after having strug- 
gled against illness since the open- 
ing of the production prior to the 
holidays. 



"Cinderella," First There in 31 
Years, Disappoints/ 

London. Feb. 9. 

"Cinderella," the Drury Lane 

pantomime placed in Coven t Garden 

during the holidays because "The 

Garden of Allah" was holding so 

strong at the home of pantomime, 
was closed Saturday. This is the 

shortest run a Dpury Lane panto- 
mime has had in a good many years. 
It was the first time pantomime 
had played Covent Garden in 31 
years, although in times past It was 

a regular form of attraction there, 
the first dating from the earty part 
of the 18th century. 

Fourteen pantomimes have been 
running in London since the Yule- 
tide season and 111 in provincial 
theatres. Of the total, there are 13 
"Cinderella" companies, 16 each of 
"Aladdin" and "Babes in Woods," 
with other fairy stories supplying 
the material for the remainder. 



LUBIN AND ANDERSON SAILING. 

London, Feb. 9. 

J. II. Lubin, manager of Loew's 

booking department, who has been 

on a vacation in Europe with his 

wife, is booked to sail on the 

Aquitania Feb. 15. He left here for 

Paris today. 

John Murray Anderson, whose ar- 
tistic, work in the staging of scenes 
for Cochran's "League of Notions" 
revue at the Oxford has been ac- 
claimed one of the triumphs of the 
season, will sail for New York from 
Cherbourg on the Aquitania Feb. 15. 



Stupendous Piece in London 

Disposed of for This Side — 

25 Principal Roles. 

London, Feb. 9. 

The American rights to "The 
Wandering Jew" have been ■•cured 
by David Belasco. 

It is a stupendous piece, with 25 
principal roles, now at the New the- 
atre, with Matheson Lang and Li- 
lah McCarthy In the leading roles. 
The piece was stage adapted by K. 
Temple Thurston. It is produced by 
the Sir Charle« Wyndham Estate 
and Mary Moore. 



ZIEGFELD COPPING? 

Act Reported for Sam Harris Now 

Going Elsewhere. 

Pari!, Feb, 9. 
It Is und< to 8 that (Jermaine, 
Mltty and Trillion, reported booked 

for the r.ew Harris-Perlin Music 
J;<>.\ theatre when it opens in New 
y >rk, will not be .«■•«. n there. 

Instead, it Is Bald, they Will appear 
lr one of the Ziegftld production!, 



SELWYN NEGOTIATING. 

In Paris After Two of Guitry'a 
Plays. 

Fails, itb. 9. 

Archibald Bflwyn, who is plan- 
ning to leave at the 'end of the week 
for a fortnight*! reet at Monte 
Carlo, i! negotiating for Sacha 
Qui try 'm "Comedian" and Sayolr*! 
"Bluebeard's Eighth Wife," but it 
is understood the American rights 
to t ho former arc held by David 
Belasco. 

Oultry, who put tho "Comedian" 
on for his father, is resting at Monte 
Carlo. It is finite possible Sehvyn's 
decision to spend two weeks there 
may have been inspired by his de- 
sire to make a deal for the plays. 




Fa lis, Feb. 9. 
Two new production.** were intro- 
duced here during the week, but 
neither made much of an impress 
sion. 

"Les Portes Glaives," a new* play 
by Christian Froge, was presented 
by Jacques Hebertot at his Theatre 
des Champs' Elysecs Feb. 2, but re-* 
ceived a poor reception. The cast 
includes Jean Ilerve, Albert Rayval, 
Mesdames Vernier and lhille, the 
latter in the role of Antigone. 

The piece is in three acts, with 
five tableaux, a poetical drama with 
special music by Emile Roux. It is 
a revised version of the Sophoclea 
drama, "Antigone," with the heroin© 
drinking poison instead of being im- 
prisoned in a cavern. 

The author seems to be desirous 
of advancing modern ideas, under 
the guise of Greek antiquity, wish- 
ing to put over an Idea in opposition 
to warfare. 

Despite this play's lack of draw- 
ing power, M. llerbcrtot is rapidly 
establishing his fine house in the 
Avenue Montaigne as the Parisian 
temple of art. 

The other premiere was that of 
"Une Femme de Luxe." a three-act 
comedy by Alfred Savoir, which 
succeeded "Tho Kternal Masculine** 
at the Theatre Michel Feb. 4. It 
received only a fair welcome. 

The plot deals with a Journalist 
who marries a rich courtesan, the 
pair living luxuriously until her for- 
tune is squandered. When he is un- 
able to retain the same degree of 
social splendor through his own ef^ 
forts he grows tired of his wife, aN 
though she is willing to accept a 
life of mediocrity. The husband en- 
courages the woman to resume her 
liaison with her rich royal lover 
while he remains on intimate terms 
with the wife. As an epic of selfish 
indulgence and lesson in degrada- 
tion the play is strong, and the au- 
thor has handled a risky subject in 
very adroit fashion. 

Jane Marnac as the wife Is un- 
convincing and Teyriere In the role 
of the husband is only fair. 



(i 



KNIGHT" TO RESUME. 

London, Feb. 9. 
"The Knight of the Burning Pes- 
tle," announced for withdrawal, will 
be put on again at the Kingsway. 



BURTON GREEN 

IRENE FRANKLIN 

NEXT WEEK (Feb. II), PROVIDENCE, R. I. 



EQUITY SHOP STIRS P. M. A. 

(Continued from pa ire 1.) 

have only Just started to send 
the ballots out. 

The voting ballot is in the 
form of a postal card, with a 
place designated for a cross to 
be made either for or against 
the Equity Shop, the same to be 
signed and mailed back to 
Equity headquarters. 

You can readily see that this 
method is faulty, for there can 
be no way to make sure that 
every vote is counted. 

It will be an easy matter to 
destroy votes which do not suit 
the agitators. They can claim, 
however, any result they wish 
to, and it is a cinch they will 
claim that the aggregate vote 
shows a big majority in favor of 
the Equity Shop, and what 
chance is there to. give them an 
argument. 

Along with the voting card 
there is a personal letter from 
John Emerson, a copy of the 
Dramatic Author:)' decision 
(against the Equity Shop), and 
also a leaflet from the council 
strongly advocating a favorable 
vote for the Equity Shop. 
The matter of increase of the- 
atrical advertising r~tes by the New 
York American and Journal was 
al^o considered. Starting next 
Tuesday the rates in both dallies 
jumps to as much as $l.f»0 per line 
for Sunday Insertions. 

A committee composed of fam 
H. Harris. L. Lawrence Weber and 
John Golden was appoint* d to work 
on the matter. General rpposition 
to the Increase was volc< d. 

TEGGYOF'L" 

SAVOY THEATRE, 
LONDON 



Friday, February 11, 1921 



VAUDEVILLE 



FAMOUS PLAYERS ABOVE 60; 
"DOWN EASf EARNS $1,729,649 



Pool Buying Apparent Power Behind Advance of 
Zukor Co. — Griffith Financial Statement Issued — - 
Market Listless. 



Famous Players-Lasky common 
rallied from last week's low of 56 
to 60U at 1 o'clock Wednesday, ap- 
parently under the influence of ag- 
gressive pool buying, while the other 
amusement issues' stood still in one 
of the dullest and most listless mar- 
k«*s within the memory of most 
gtoek Fxchange members. Tbe ex- 
planation of the new high On the 
movement for Famous I 'hi vers lies 
probably In a resumption «-f pool 
operations based on knowledge of 
some advantageous detail of the 
fortheoming statement, due late 
this month. 

The other feature of the we It 
was the publication by 1>. VV. Crii- 
lith, Inc., of a financial statement 
covering the earnings of "Way 
Down Hast." Issued in connection 
with the declaration of the com- 
pany's first dividend of $1 per share 
which bus been offered for subscrip- 
tion at $15. No transactions came 
out on the Curb. The stock has 
not moved, as far as the Curb re- 
porting agencies' records show, since 
the minor transactions reported 
when the promotion was first un- 
dertaken. 

Griffith Gets Over Million 

The Grlllith statement sh us to- 
tal earnings of "Way Down East" 
as $1,729,649, C< which Griffith, Inc., 
takes as its share a total of $1,119.- 

678. it was reported the company 

had withdrawn 25,OoO shares from 
the underwriter just before the 
declaration of the $1 dividend. 

The figures for "Way Down Kast." 
according to the report, covered 
only the operations of the company 
in five "key" cities with an average 
of five traveling companies. It is 
explained that by the middle of 
February the number of touring 
prints will bo increased to 16, the 
inference being that the earnings 
will increase proportionately. 

The $1 dividend does not cover 
any definite period, such as is the 
case with the other dividend pay- 
ing companies which make dis- 
bursements quarterly, semi-annual- 
ly or yearly. It is just a division of 
profits accrued. The payment goes 
to holders of record Feb. 26 and is 
payable March 4. There is. of 
course, no hint of when another div- 
idend will be paid and the $1 does 
not represent regulate rate, such as 
the Famous Players $2 Quarterly, 
or Loew's 50 cents a quarter. 
Complains of Stock Handling 
Griffith himself complains that 
his notation was managed with bad 
judgment by its underwriters. Orig- 
inally it was offered to the bankers 
and conservative investor*, but they 
would have none of pictures of any 
kind at that time. Then it was cir- 
tttSed on the Cu.b, sales being put 
through at 16 when it was being of- 
fered 18 over the counter. This 
transaction was commented upon 
last October when i took place. It 
was a crude bit of window r easing, 
to which Griffith was not a party 
and gave the Stock a black eye from 
which it has not recovered. 

There are two classes of Griffith 
stock. Class A of 125,000 shares of 
*1"> par, and Class B, which appears 
to be authorised and Is In the char- 
acter (K treasury stock. Under the 
incorporation agreement with Grif- 
fith, the producer agreed not to take 
over any part of the stock until 
Class A had paid dividends to the 
amount of $1. The dividend ju t 
declared by the directors opens the 
way for Griffith to take over his 
allotment of which presumably the 
withdrawn 25.000 shares is a part of 
the whole, Griffith has thrown all 
his properties Into the concern and 
In addition ibr company is benefi- 
ciary in certain Insurance on his 
life, both of Which, the companj 
assorts, proteel stockholders. 
Loewy Shares Steady 
Loew was steady, getting up to 
u after trailing around ItiVs for 
10 days, The Mtock has ma iv dis- 
advantage f< ituree, the pri'n< 
ones being the Hppai ent freedom of 
ef ile directorate to issue tit usury 
sto< u mi- ii nt the liuancii i «>t lusl 
•Himinei Tie fn, 000,000 oi h'et^ui \ 
' neti added in t h, pn per out stiitimi - 
iv s ' 'M In lie hands of uudei wi 
:i • frti is a i, > one U now v. 
Tills huge block looms over lh< 
*ue like - loud f i cost the m der - 
^ N ' Homei bice | :.. 20 ;< sua c 

* ih> logh a I thing t<> expt < l i~> 



SHUBERT RND GODSOL 
OVER VAUDEVILLE 



Shubert Says Godsol Is Boss 
Godsol Denies It. 



that when (or if) it gets to that 
point it will be offered. The pro- 
spect of the market having to as- 
sorb this amount presents an im- 
mense obstacle. 

No one wants to buy stock at 18 
19, which cannot be expected to go 
above 20 for a considerable time. 
Its advance is limited, while the 
possibilities of a decline arc not. 

The following comment on Co- 
lumbia Clraphopbone by one of tbe 
best conservative financial writers 
in New York, would seem to apply 
to the situation of Loew: 

s 'Columbia may be a good concern 
marketing an article of merit, but 
it is a luxiuy and not so many peo- 
ple are buying luxuries as was the 
case six months eiko. Another 
thing, .la* stock has been made a 
football on tbe Stock Kxchango and 
(be bears have had their own way 

for some time. What its trite level 

Is we cannot attempt to say. The 
company sold $7,r>00,000 8 per cent 
notes last summer, of which $1,500,- 
000 have been redeemed." 

OrpheuiT remained steady at 27, 
with dealings so small that minor 
price changes had no signilieai.ee. 

As to the general market it con- 
tinued sluggish, except that there 
was an upturn generally Tuesday 

and Wednesday, generail) attributed 

to the return of speculative buyers 
when the call loan rate dripped to 
7 per cent and to the betterment of 
foieign exchange rates. 

Quick Turnover Indicated 
Agile in-and-out traders seemed 
to be getting in for a qaick turn on 
a temporary bulge rather than a 
switch of old bears to the bull side 
for the long pull. Observers still 
hold the opinion that there can be 
no real constructive movement up- 
ward until something substantial 
comes out regarding the policies 
of the new administration as to tax 
revision and revenue legislation. The 
settlement of the Herman repara- 
tion terms also is a factor. The pro- 
posed impost of a 12 per cent tax 
on German exports, it is pointed out, 
would have a decided bearing on 
business between America and 
Germany, althoi gh the whole situa- 
tion is clouded. 

Ttie Mimmaiy of transactions F< hruary 
3 to 9 inclusive are as follows; 



'This statement of positive fact 
contradicts all stories and rumors 
circulated to the contrary." 

Lack of rehearsal or a misunder- 
standing came out in the proposed 
Shubert vaudeville this week. Last 
Saturday night Lee Shubert made 
the positive statement to a Variety 
reporter Frank ,t. Oodsoi would be 
the general executive bead of the 
Shubert vaudeville, in full charge. 

Tuesday Mr. Godsol with Kdward 
J, Howes, named as a Shubert di- 
rector, issued the following state- 
ment: 

"b\ J. Godsol and Edward J. 
Bowes have no active interest in the 
affairs of the Shubert Vaudeville 
Circuit; the Goldwyn Pictures Corp. 
has no interest, financial or other- 
wise. Messrs. Godsol and Howes 
are" merely investors to a very lim- 
ited extent in this new vaudeville 
entrprise, and this small investment 
should not be confused with their 
motion picture affiliations, partic- 
ularly as they are active executive 
officers of the Goldwyn Pictures 
Corp. 

* Godsol is now the business oper- 
ator of Goldwyn, the picture con- 
cern, of which Godsol himself is 
a large part. It has not bee.i re- 
ported whether Mr. Oodsoi wil 
combine the operations of the two 
businesses or solely devote himself 
to the Shubert end. 

Godsol has had no vaudeville ex- 
perience, though his theatre experi- 
ence dates back to many years ago 
when he was associated with A. J I. 
Woods in theatrical projects abroad. 
For several seasons he has been in- 

(Continued on page 30. > 



SPECIALLY ENGAGED ACTS 

BY KEITH'S NUMBERING 25 



Big Time Office Adding to Special Contracts — Ha* 
10 to Date — No Limit — Special Agreement In- 
cludes Personal Attention. 



SMOKING PERMIT NEC- 
ESSARY BACK STAGE 



Fire Marshal Issues Order — 
Auditorium Not Affected. 



EDDIE CANTOR SLIPS OUT 
TO PLAY A "SUNDAY" 



Goes to Lawrence from Bos- 
ton, for Opposition House. 



Any person appearing on a Stage 
in Greater New York during, the 
course of a theatrical 4 -forma nee 
and smoking must hereafter secure 
a permit from the Fire Marshal, 
Koom 1100. Municipal - aiding, word 
io that effect having been sent out 
to the theatres in the metropolitan 
district last week. The securing of 
the permit to smoke while appear- 
ing on the stags is up to the actor 
or actress so doing .em.su.vei The 
matter of seeing that the rule is 
enforced rests upon the manager of 
the house. 

Orders were issued this week by 
house managers of vaudeville and 
burlesque houses; to their stage man- 
agers to inform all player* of the 
rule regarding smoking Monday 
morning. Failure to comply with 
the rule to secure a permit leaves 
the person smoking on the stage 
without one liable to a penalty. 

The rule only concerns stage 
smoking, the regulations regarding 
smoking in the auditorium by the 
audience remaining the same as 
heretofore. 

It will be necessary for most of 
the black face monologists in vaude- 
ville to secure permits in .accord- 
ance with the new rule when play- 
ing New York, as most of the latter, 
following a time-honored custom, 
use a cigar as a prop. 



The lately inaugurated system in 
the Keith offices to place big time 
vaudeville acts under a special con- 
tract for three years or longer has 
resulted up to date in about ten 
turns be i Tig signed. The latest oc- 
curred Wednesday, when Vaughn 
Comfort, at the Fifth Avenue for 
the llrst half rocelved a long-term 
agreement. 

The Keith people say that shortly 
there will be at least i!5 turns placed 
under tbe special agreement. Among 
the lirst were Belle Baker and the 
Creole Fashion Plate. 

The special agreement Includes 
personal attention through the 
Keith office, from publicity to stage 
work. 

There is no limit set to the num- 
ber of turns that may be taken under 
tow through the special contract, 
but as the acts are selected with 
care after deliberation, it Is a some- 
what slow process. The Keith office 
calculates it will receive value in 
Its houses from the booming given 
the turns during the three years, 
first securing substantial benefit 
after the first season. 



BAYES TELLS TANNEN 
TO REPORT TO KEITH'S 



Accepts Arbitrator's Decision. 

Designates Tannen for 

Vaudeville. 



STOCK EXCHANGE. 




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2 ACTS IN 3 TURNS 
OFFERED VAUDEVILLE 



Phil Baker and Eileen Stanley 
Submit Plan to Loew's. 



Boston. i;Vb. ft. 

Eddie Cantor, featured in "The 
Midnight Rounders" now on iis sev- 
enth week at the Majestic, slipped 
awdy last Sunday to I^awrence, 
Mass.. .i mill oily about .'i»'0 miles 
from I'.oston, and played a mati- 
nee and evening vaudeville book- 
ing on his oWii hook. 

The BhubertS harned of ihe lu< 1- 
dent Monday. . Cantor and Manager 
Willi un Reed were asked to explain. 
Cantor's alibi sra* that the Kialto 
iti Lawrence where he played is 
o\vncd by F*ank Cobe whose wife 
is a relative Of Mrs. Canter, and 
that he played the house :i s a favor^ 
to try and put it across against the 
Empire; a Keith house, where he 
played against P. \v 1?. V'ait and 
James T. Corbet t, who had been 
with Billy Rock's show, a Shubert 
production which blew up Satur- 
day night at the Wilbur hcc. 

What Cantor was paid for his 
"favor" to Cobe is not known but 
he was heavily advertised and the 
Rialto prices, normally a SI-COl - top, 
were jumped to $1.10 for his two ap- 
pearances. Cantor drove over in a 
machine and pfayed in his street 
clothes, using a dozen of his best 
numbers. Four pop acts w ith him 
and the house WEIs a turnaway at 
both performances. 

The Shuberts have made a num- 
ber of efforts to induce Cantor 
to play New York Sundays, accord- 
ing to local reports, without suc- 
cess, and also claim he understood 
their policy of not allowing their 
stars to play i their own territory 
In Sunday vaudeville not operated 
by thena. 



DEMPSEY AND TROUPE 
TO TOUR ENGLAND 

Champion Leaving March 20 
— Six Weeks Abroad. 



.lack Dempsey, the heavyweiK'.it 
ehamp. |8 to sail for Kngland March 
20 to play ;i six weeks' period of en- 
gagements In London arid the Eng- 
lish provinces at the head of an ath- 
letic troupe now being organised. 

Accompanying Dempsey will be 
.fa*k Kcat us. his manager; Joe Ben- 
jamin, the lightweight, and ilarry 
Bachs llceheimer, Dempsey'a attor- 
ney. Others will be announced later. 

pempsey will give sparring ex- 
hibitions, punch the bag, etc. While 
abroad Hecheimer will see Carpen- 
tier's legal representative regarding 
matters connected With \he forth- 
coming UemiHicy-Carpentler battle. 



BERT CLARK SIGNED. 



Julius Tannen was directed Wed- 
nesday by Nora Bayes to report at 
the Keith oftlce for assignment of 
vaudeville engagements. Tannen 
Is under contract to the Hayes show, 
"Her Family Tree," his agreement 
calling for $650 weekly on the road* 
and $<;00 in New York City. 

Tannen recently won an arbitra- 
tor's decision against Miss Bayes, 
who a-!.ed for the arbitration from 
the Equity Association, after having 
notified Tannen he was no longer 
wanted In his role. 

Miss Bayes said the would ask for 
a rehearing, but with her direction 
to Tannen appears to have accepted 
the decision as final. It calls upon 
her to pay Tannen weekly during 
the run of the piece. It was re- 
ported Miss Bayes contemplated ~ 
closing the show for a couple of ' 
weeks upon leaving the Lyric, but 
IflSS Hayes has stated she had no 
such Intention. 

Tanner's earnings While his 
P.ayes contract Is alive would he an 
offset to the amount due him under 
it. Miss Bgyes might "farm"' him 
OUt under the agreement, paying ' 
Tannen und collecting the amoint 
she "sold" him for. 



Goes With Shuberts, Along 
Flavia Arcaro. 



With 



PARIS WANTS FAY MARBE 



A new angle for vaudeville acts 
io secure more salarj came to light 

this week when Phil Paker and 
Ailirti Stanley were offered to the 
Loew Circuit nt t'onsiderabte in- 
crease over the \\,w •! > audjpvlljo 
• .1 lai 

TI • ■;• m submit i ln« \ he id ex- 
plain <l • he agencj wan i •■ > lly bu> • 
.•i-4 i iii r.-c .iei * instead <'i i w ••, a* 
Un > I "■ U <l«-l i hell "single ' sp< 
,i !i > and • hen foine In a double acl , 
i . im u ,• k Johnu y I >>m>! . made n 
similar propo . t iot\ t<> the \\> •;•!» o-l 
lit e Cor liimseU and w lie 



Also 



London Bids, Leaving Young 
Star Undecided 



I -'ay M;ii be. the young mush I 
comedy, vaudeville arid picture star, 
has received an offer from the math 
agemenl <»t" the Paris Alhambra t<» 
appear there during the month of 
May ;<n<l another to play the l«nn 
(4fHi Coliseu'ni In .tuile. 

\v negotiations are undei wuj fo 

Marbe t<» appear In a • .ondon 

il < omed.\ product ion :i'\h<<*< 

Immediately and the duration of 

ill i un of ! tie proposed Knglisb mu- 

t . ,ii jiieee |s tmrertain. sh" is mi 



Pert Clark and Flavia Arcaro 
have been engaged on a long term 
contract hy the Shuberts and 
opened for William Vol at the Ati- 
dubon Monday. « 

The Clark -Arcaro turn recently 
played the Keith metropolitan time, 
going Into the Palace, New York, a 
couple of weeks a.o, with the stand- 
ard hi,< time salary for the act re- 
maining unset. Following the Pal- 
ace engagement, Clark Is reported 
as having asked $7r»0 over the Keith 
time, with $600 offered him as top 
ligute for the turn. Clark then said 
ho would disband the act and go 
to Kngland. 

Sunday night Clark and Arcaro 
played Ihe Shubert Sunday con. fit 
aI the Central. 

DIVORCED. BUT CONTINUE. 

Clifford ami Wells Keep Up Business 
Partnership. 



LOST 34 LBS. IN 14 DAYS. 

Harry Sylvester Goes on Milk Diet 
and Reduces. 



After remaining in his hotel for 
14 days, living on a milk diet, Harry 
Sylvester (Jones and Sylvester) 
found he bad lost 34 pounds. 

Mr. Sylvester was exposing his 

reduced weight on Broadway this 

week. He had grown too corpulent 
in flesh and his doctor advised that 
some in it must be removed, pre- 
scribing the diet that Sylvester 
stringently followed; 



COULDN'T FIRE MAYOR. 

Fx tract from a letter received 
this week by Variety from a vaude- 
Villlnn playing a small !<M*n In " 
South: 

"The> haves comet player In ihe 
orchestra who is the wor*t 1 ever 
heard, but they can't fire hin . he- 
cause he Is the mayor of the town.** 



:> 
', Coo1c> 
ek. the 
ippeariug in \aud« 
as .Io I. < liti-.i (I ami M it iatn Wells 

1 icspite ; h •■ ,ne divor • -l th< 
1 .•(•■■' . li the decree <»n ' '"' ground 
.,' do ei 1 ion, t be team Is * "iit ii 



I...s \ ngelc*. 
M ,i . , in < 'o<»Iey and J. « 

Wer<' '! oreed h< re l.i 1 \\ < 

• <in • ■ 



I 

VAUDKVILLIANS' SUCCESS. 

liOndon, Feb, 9, 
|» , and Peru, who opened 

:ih- 11 1. on. ion season on the bill with 
' ij ,i : \ 1. mder at ihe Palace, have 
..(.I and will remain On the bill 

, 1 1 1 1 .1. ; 1 l|C ■ on! iiiimiii •• oi' • le I ;i I 

(i season. 

\ lotber uei m ilui^ a notah • 



uble l" ib 1" just Which to accept. , hi business partnership. 



is Itiee 
liSC'UDJsa 



and Wane r, tl .)i'- I - 






VAUDEVILLE 



Friday, February 11, 1921 



BENNY LEONARD IS 
GOING TO "CLOWN" 

Will Stick Around New York 
Vaudeville With Marx Bros. 



According to Penny Leonard, 
.1 mmy Ilupscy has boon Inserting 
he name of Ihe champion In adver- 
using matter as being technically 
connected »'itb Husscy's vaudeville 
act. The champion denies any ei- 
filiation with any vaudeville act, 
with tin- exception of "clowning" 
with certain turns on frequent oc- 
casions. 

Tho supreme boxer says ho will 
shortly accompany the Four Marx 
Brothers' turn around the New 
York houses as an added attraction, 
for which he will not be paid. 

Before joining the orothcr a<t 

j.vonard will defend his title against 

some second rater in New Orleans 

February* 21 :md then take on Joe 
Welling in St Louis February 24. 

after which tho champ will return 
to this city B**d carry out plans to 
participate in the va* deville offer- 
ing. 



BITTER FACTIONAL FIGHT SPLITS 

N. Y. MUSICIANS' UNION WIDE OPEN 

Pres. Finkelstein s Opponents Secure Temporary Injunction Restraining Him 
From Occupying Office — Factions Clash at Meeting, and Near Riot En- 
4ues — Revocation of N. Y. Local's Charter a Possible Outcome 



50 CLUB'S CLOWN NIGHT. 

Second of Series This Week — Im- 
promptu Entertainment. 



The 50 Jlub's first of a series of 
Clown Nights" was held last 
Wednesday, with the affair reported 
a bigr success. 

The masters of ceremony were 
Rert Kahnar and Harry Ruby, with 
the Avon Comedy Four placed as 
the guests of honor. Those appear- 
ing at the impromptu entertain- 
ment were Kalmar and Ruby. Mar- 
i Its O'Rourke and Pierce Keegan, 
Janet Adair and the Avon Four. 
Following was held a composers' 
contest to determine which of those 
present had written the worst .song. 
Harry Ruby was declared the win- 
ner with "Pittsburgh." The com- 
posers entered were Bud de Silva. 
Milton Ager, (ieorge Myers, Jimmic 



A bitter factional n^ht that has 
been going on for several months 
between two opposing elements In 
Musical Mutual Protective Union 

:tio. New York local of the Ameri- 
can Federation of Musicians, reach- 
ed a crisis this week that may re- 
sult in the parent labor body of the 
American Federation of Musicians 
revoking the charter of the New 
York local. If this takes place a 
situation similar to the one existing 
when the printers' union split into 
two separate organizations will re- 
sult with consequent possibilities of 
confusion and trouble for every 

theatre in New York City employing 1 

union musicians. 

A revocation of the charter of 
the New York Musicians' local 
would mean that the A. F. of M. 
(parent body) might immediately 
organize a new local organization, 
which would have the stamp of offi- 
cial "unionism" through its connec- 
tion with the A. F. of If. and the 
latter's connection in turn with the 
America Federation of Labor. 
Internal Strife Responsible 

The possibility of the situation 
mentioned being created arises 
from internal strife in the N«w 
York local. Jan. 25. eight members 
of the Roard of Directors of local 
310 suspended President Samuel 
Finkelstein on charges] alleging in 
effect that he (Finkelstein) had 
usurped the power of the Hoard of 
Directors, arrogated to himself arbi- 
trary authority, unjustified by the 
constitution of the New York local, 
prevented the board of fourteen 
from exereising its proper consti- 
tutional functions, etc. 

Finkelstein appealed to Joseph 
Weber, president of the national 
body, American Federation of Mn- 



Hanley and the winner. 

The club pla to have the. "Clown I slcians, and Weber on Jan. L'6 is 
Nights?' ach Wednesday evening. I sued a stay of judgment ordering 

White- 1 ihe board rot to try 



The one this week had Paul 
man and his band as guests 



I 



LOEWS SYRACUSE OPTION 

May Take Empire for Vaude- 
ville. 
Syracuse, N. Y.. Feb. 9. 
Marcus Loew expects to operate 

the Empire here with his pop 
vaudeville policy. 

The negotiations for the deal have 
progressed to such an extent that 
the Loew interests now hob an op- 
tion upon the Empire, according to 
.i story en the local rial to. 

While Loev» is anxious to control 
the Kmpire, he !s said to favor a 
leasing contract rather than an out- 
right purchase of the Ourney Build- 
ing, in which the theater Is located. 
Walter Snowdon Smith, owner of 
the property, has publicly an- 
nounced his desire to sell rather 
than lease. 

At any rate, Loew, it h» said, has 
until May 1 to make n decision. 



DROP DUFFY AND SWEENEY 



Mutual Disgust 
and Act at 



Between Audience 
New Orleans. 



New Orleans, Feb. 9. 

At the Orpheum last week, Duffy 
and Sweeney, on the program. 
were unable to agree with the audi- 
ences and mutual disgust was ex- 
pressed by both. 

Toward the end of the Week at 
one performance Duffy and 
Sweeney did about three minutes, 
Walking of? as tb y remarked: ''We 
guess that's enough for them." 
Manager H« n Piazza thereii]K>n 
canceled the turn, with Lew Cooper 
substituting. 



V. M.P.A. DINNER. 



W,ll 



1 ii 

i\e 



Be Held March ' 18— Sett. ng 
Benefit Date. 

Vaudeville Managers' PrOtee- 
AsMociatton has net Friday, 



hoard not to try Finkelstein on 
the charges 'bat had been 'preferred. 
The following Cay, Jan. 27, the 
Board of Directors of the local not- 
withstanding Weber's stay, which 
Weber claims the constitution of 
the parent body permitted him to 
grant Finkelstein, refused to recog- 
nise the stay and called a tin etlng 
of the entire membership of the lo- 
cal for the purpose of trying Finkel- 
stein. This meeting was set for last 
Friday, Feb. 4. I'pon the directors 
of the local ignoring his stay. Which 
had tbe effect of re-instating 
Finkelstein as president, Weber is-* 
sued an order expelling the eight 
members of the Roard of Directors, 

who were sponsoring the charges 

against Finkelstein. 

Near Riot at Meeting 
The eight who were expelled by 
Weber were AngelO Metara, vice* 
president; Frederick Btxertll, Ar- 
thur Kunze, the two latter trus- 
tees; and Messrs. Sharp, Souk in. 
Donnelly, Shapiro and Rosenthal, 
members of the executive Ijourd. 
The eight m< mbers of the hoard are 
listed by the Finkelstein contingent 
as the "Opposition." The »•• n» lin- 
ing six of the fourteen m< ini»c re of 
the Board of Directors in addition 
to Finkelstein are Messrs. Dooley, 
secretary; J. A. Rosenberg, treas- 
urer; Mulllerl, Benevcntl and Kan- 
tcr. These latter are rated as be- 
longing to the Finkelstein faction. 
On the day of meeting, Feb. 4 
a near riot took place at meeting 
rooms of .Local 310, on 84 th sine!. 
near Lexington avenue, adherents of 
b<»th factions sailing into each other 
with their lists. A call w;»« ••!»! in 
for <.'•.»■ cops, and the following \> • h 
arrested on the charge of disorder!) 
conduct: Nicholas Mulieri, Joseph 
(Jargano, Joseph McMahon, Wm< .1 
Hoffman, Patrick Mclntyre, Paul 
Ifein, Win. Kielgast, and .!•»•« ph 
Porkney. Arraigned before Mag- 
istrate Tobias, tho eight 
paroled in their own custody 
\'< i»rn.i'\ 18 for a hearing. 

The Finkelstein adit* rent 
claimed by tin? Malera faci 
latter being ihe \ Ice p> 



from exercising the functions of 
president of the local, pending his 
t Finkelstein's) trial by the member- 
ship of the union. A t temporary in- 
junction was granted by Supreme 
Court Justice Ford Monday of this 
week. This was effective until Wed- 
nesday, when the case Came up for 
argument on the motion of 
Schwebel ' to make the injunction 
effective until such time as Fin- 
kelstein could be tried by the union 
membership on the charges men- 
tioned. 

The Finkelstein faction was repre- 
sented in court Wednesday by Thos. 
Channos) Press, and the ease was 
adjourned Until Monday, Feb. 14. 
As matters stand now the temporary 
injunction secured against Finkel- 
stein functioning as president of 
Local 310 remains effective until 
next Monday. 

According to a man qualified to 
speak for the Finkelstein faction, 
the trouble dates back to the elec- 
tion of Local 310 held laRt October. 
Louis Dahlbert ran against Finkel- 
stein for president and Finkelstein 
was elected by a small margin, ac- 
cording to the opposition about fifty 
votes. Following the elect ion charges 
were preferred against Dahlbert. to 
the effect that he (Dahlbert) had 
played an "unfair" house some four 
years ago, and Dahlbert was ex- 
pelled. 

Row Over Attorney 
The Finkelstein spokesman fur- 
ther stated Dahlbert's expulsion was 
bitterly opposed by a certain ele- 
ment Jn local 310, described by the 
Finkelstein man as "radicals." Fur- 
thermore. Dahlbert held the friend- 
ship of an inside organization in the 
New York local, the Finkelstein man 
said, which is known as "The 
Quorum Club." The charges against 
Finkelstein, he continued, were 
brought in a spirit of revenge for 
the expulsion of iKihlbert. 

There was also a big racket over 
the selection of Attorney Schwebel 
as counsel for the New York local, 
when the latter was appointed by 
the board of directors around Nov. 
I, the Finkelstein contingent favor- 
ing the appointment of Thos. Chan- 



ESPECIAL ROUTES FOR 
N. V. A. BASEBALLERS 



non Press, who had held the post for 
several years. 

A representative of . the faction 
opposing Finkelstein, denied the 
charges of "radicalism," and stated 
the real trouble emanated from a 
feeling on the part of a large cle- 
ment of. the membership that Fin- 
kelstein was inclined to be too arbi- 
trary, and with a hand full of 
followers waa seeking to run the 
organization with a "czar-like hand." 
Managers of all of the New York 
theatres were notitiod last week by 
Jos. Weber, President of the Na- 
tional organization, of the eight 
members "expelled" by him, the 
names of the "expelled members" 
being furnished. If the expulsion 
should be proved legal the eight 
would be in the fiosition of being 
"non union" as far as an A. F. of 
Labor affiliation was concerned. 
However, the "expulsions" are to be 
fought out In court. 

The Situation Wednesday 
Wednesday matters stood this 
way: Matera. who is listed among 
the "expelled" members, who was 
elected vice president last Ortobcr, 
was officiating as President of the 
New York local, occupying that posi- 
tion by virtue of the temporary in- 
junction restraining Finkelstein 
from officiating as president, pend- 
ing trial by the local. The injunc- 
tion also temporarily restrains 
Finkelstein from interfering with 
any of the other seven "expelled" 
members of the local as to function- 
ing as trustees or directors, as the 
case may be. 

Tlw faction opposing Finkelstoin, 
headed ostensibly by Matera, denies 
the right of Joseph Weber, national 
president, to expel them, taking tbe 
stand Weber exceeded his const itu- 
tionwl' authority. 

It is unlikely the st;'ge hands local 
will take any active part In the con- 
troversy, at least for the present, 
although it is understood if either 
side feels they need assistance stren- 
uous efforts will be made to enlist 
not only the stage hands but the 
Actors* Equity and picture op.rat- 
01 a as well. 






Plan to Hold Members in East 
to Retain Team's Strength. 

Baseball players of the National 
Vaudeville Artists* ball team may 
have their vaudeville bookings con- 
tined to the east for the baseball 
season, if plans now being formu- 
lated are successful. 

The Keith and Loew Circuits have 

expressed a desire to help if pos- 

sihle. Routes of members of the 

actors' teams aro being scrutinized 

in an effort to have them in the 
vicinity of New York during the 
baseball season. 

Ernie Stanton, manager of the 
club, is sponsoring the idea. Th« 
point was* made that this was the 
only possible way that the club 
could put a strong team in the field, 
and as the plans are to arrange a 
schedule that will include the 
strongest of ihe local semi-pro clubs 
as opponents, it was desirable to get 
the fastest organisation possible to- 
gether. 

There is enough available mate- 
rial among the club members to put 
a club in the Held that will measure 
up to the strongest of the semi -pros 
and be a credit to the N. V. A. or- 
ganization. 



JENIE JACOBS ALONE. 



Leaves Small Connection, to 
orally Branch Out. 



Gen 



PLAYING FOR PRACTICE. 

With 



B. A. 



Rolfe Limbering Up 
Strand Orchestra. 



CICC0LINI OUT AND IN. 

Singer Throws Up 14 Weeks- 
Time Restored 



R A. llolfe, cornet soloist before 
he went into vaudeville producing 
and afterward into pictures, is play- 
ing in the orchestra at the strand i 
§< vera) hours daily practising up 
to fit himself once more for his for- 
mer occupation. 

Rolf* 1 is negotiating to secure a 
contract to furnish the band at the 
Asbury Park (N. J.) Fit r next sum- 
mer, and it is understood he Intends 
to return »o that field of endeavor. 



ROBERT RILEY HERE. 
Robert Riley, European music 

1 ill artist, w< II known abroad, is 
in this country having come on 
speculation. He crossed on the same 
boat with Van lloven. He has had 
h ; s foreign bookings set back unti 
June: 



March 1#, as the date for its unuual 

at th- 



in ci ing and dinner this > ear 
Hotel Plaza, 

The date of th-- n unu i! beneflta to 
he given by the theatres embraced 
In the membership of the V. M. IV A. 
for the National Vaudeville Artists 
will he s< I- • h '1 at the HfH • t inc. LaSI 

j . the i ' n '. • :c h» :d Ma) j. 



i>' < \ • lit i he Mti i »'i 
entering tho inc< 



sough! to 

lions from 

n ".i,i i of Local o l '•. 1 1> t.i lia ? ion i». 

ihe Muti i a eontingcnl brouw hi a bou 

the fracai i nd the rcsu I . • 

derly i onduct arrests it is . . ..I 

l-'eii. -I, Jacob Bchwetjjol, conns* 
for Local .T l o. applied for ah Injunc- 
tion ■ kiiig o f < strain L'ink< I-uin 




CAHiLL and R0MAINE 

Now Playing Interstate Circ lit. 
I>lr< <i |<»n, .\ioi:i;is and KK1 L 
jy; tiiraiul Tueuue building, a. Y, about two 



Clccolinl, the singer, is back in 
the good graces of the Keith of- 
lie<> through having the 14 weeks 
he cancelled last, we* k, restored. 

The Chicago opera star, receiving 

$800 weekly In vaudeville, wanted 
the headline position on all bills. 
His contract did not so provide. 
When listed for the Palace without 
the top spot given him, CiocOlinl 
issued an ultimatum, top or noth- 
ing, and it was nothing. lie then 
turned In his contracts. 

The Marlnelll Office which repre- 
sents CiCCOllnl Is said to have in- 
tervened at this point, with the 
K« ith people permitting themselves 
Into being persuaded, Clccolinl Is 

is Providence tins week. 

Win n the K< ith contracts were 
Hi nt the singer, he inserted a clause 
calling fcr headline position and re- 
turned them. The K>ith <»f!i<<- 
erased the inserted elaUse and sent 
them back for proper signature. 

ETKELTCNE CLAP.K OUT. 

Kthelynne Clark (Mrs, JOe How- 
ard) withdrew from the Howard 
.iini Clark production act last Week, 

I to remain in retirement, according 

j t » report, until an expected Howard 

; family addition arrives. 

Meanwhile the turn will proceed 
with Joe Howard head ng and as 
composed previous \>, .Mis:; Clark's 

I ;i hsenec fmih »'■ 

M'KAY WITH HONEY GIRL." 

(Teorge McKay, who was with 

i loney < llrl" a n«l is now w Ith 

''Itroadwsy l*r« vit •< will ret urn 

to his former role in ih<- "girl" 

piece. 

The switch Is du< to take pi.ee In 

weeks, 



Held hack In her original desire, 
when leaving l'at Casey, to do a 
general booking business, through 
the Edward Small agency clinging 
closely to pictures, Miss Jacobs is 
leaving the Small office this week, 
to go out strictly on her own. 

In her new office*, Miss Jacobs 
will conduct a booking business in 
all of its brauches, taking in pic- 
tures, legitimate, vaudeville and 
burlesque, besides assuming the 
personal direction of a few stars she 
has agreed to represent. In addit.on 
to tbe general booking, Miss Jacobs 
will add a manuscript and scenario 
department. 

Of late mouths Miss Jacobs has 
been successful in casting com- 
panies for plays and pictures, and 
this end will likewise receive her 
attention in future. 

It was reported last week Miss 
Jacobs had been approached by the 
Shuberts. It is known the Shuberts 
made many inquiries concerning her 
before that report got out. What 
connection if any that may have 
had to do with Miss Jacobs start- 
ing in for herself could not be 
learned, nor could it be ascertained 
if she had accepted the Shubert 
Offer to go abroad in the spring to 
secure material for them from the 
other side. While looked upon as a 
native agent through her long serv- 
ice with the Casey agency. Miss 
Jacobs is thoroughly familiar with 
Kurope, having been over there for 
a long spell l>efore going with Casey. 



USELESS RECONCILIATION. 

Dorothea Sadder Sues Husbsnd fsr 
Divorce. 



Los Angeles, Feb. 9. 

Dorothea Sadlier, who played the 
vamp for several seasons in the 
Rosen act, "Kiss Me," has retained 
rhilip Cohen to bring an action for 
divorce against her husband, Ray 
Ripley, who is a picture actor. The 
;ot ion was started within a week 
after Miss Sadlier came to the coast 
to live with her husband, after a 
reconciliation had been effected 
while She was playing at the Or- 
pheum here last August. 

At that time the actress could not 
leave the act and had to continue 
with it until the route booked was 
play-!. On the completion of the 
tour she come west, arriving recent- 
ly. One Week later she placed her 
suit In the hands of her attorney, 
alleging cruel and inhuman treat- 
ment. The couple lived together 
four days after the return of Ms* 
Sadlier. . 



CABARET SHOW AN ACT. 

►nth will 



Tin la t we. k of this moi 
see the floor show of the Orange 
fitfVe, a tb-onx cabaret, an nn a 1 ' 1 
at the Royal (vaudeville) In the 

In mix. 

Lately added to the floor show 
'''i.. c<. it Joseph (tinsbergi 

eLiim- SS i t§ 
ng K on * 



was "The Great 
who the Bronx now 
own, through Joseph hfl 
up there about four years 
«wut leaving it since. 






wi 



ith* 



Friday, Febriiary 11, 1921 



VAUDEVILLE 



BIG TIME BOOKING NEXT SEASON 
J. J. MURDOCK GIVES ADVICE TO ACTS 



First Season Where So Early Bookings Prevailed — 
— Acts Holding Out for Increased Salaries Told 
by Murdock What Happened Last Season. 



•i 

Jo I 
i*. 



The Keith office is now boo 
its big time supply for next wagon. 
The confirmation was Secured from 
j. J. Murdock in the Keith offices, 
through the report several acts had 
been placed for 21-22. 

The usual procedure in the K« til 
office has been to hold manager*' 
meetings commencing in May or 
June for the following seasons bill-. 
Mr. Murdock said the present book- 
ing was going on through the office 
having found that in the Summer- 
time, with closed houses ami vara- , 
tlons. it was not always con- j 
venicnt to secure a proper attend- 
ance at the booking meeting!- 0\ 
the managers. 

Continuing Mr. Murdock said: 
would like to otter some advice 
the artists if you will publish 
It's for their benefit. Last season 
acts caSjle along demanding in- 
creasos in salary that we could not 
afford. to pay. The consequence was 
that they held out and instead of 
going through the season on a full 
route that we would have been 
glad to give them at a reasonable 
ligure they have been Working a 
week here and there, while other 
acts have worked steadily. 

"I mention this as we don't want 
to see acts fall into that error. When 
away last week I met one of those 
acts and we had a talk. The a et 
had asked for an increase of $100 
a week. Wo could not pay it. It 
held out. I asked the act why it 
had not accepted our offer of its 
standard salary. They said they. 
had to have the increase. We titf- 
ured it out and they admitted the 
increase of $100 had been based on 
the increased railroad rates. I told 
the act the rate increase had not 
been over L'O per cent, and would 
not have amounted to over $♦» at 
th« most in their cacc. 

"Now acts that have had an un- 
satisfactory season so far are com- 
ing in for next season's work. There 
is Always an ovcrsupply of acts 
We can't engage them all for steady 
work, and 1 don't want acts to 
make the mistake again of waiting 
until it is too Lite.'' Mr. Murdock 
said about forty acts for next sea- 
eon had been booked so far. 



ki ~ ELLA SHIELDS FINDS 
NEW Y&RK CHANGED 



Goes to Waldorf, Only Hotel 

R=3 'if hared — Away 19 

Yaars. 



i 



... i W t in 



■ih. who came over from 
i England to play a special engage- 
ment in the Keith bouses and i.-- now 
at the Palace. New York, is stop- 



i p'.n 



GIVE CHILDREN PERMIT. 

Ntw Orleans Authorities Find Ten 
Kid« Are Properly Taken Care Of. 



New Orleans, Feb. 9. 

'The Rising Generation" at 
with ten children at Pant ages this 
week was stopped by the authori- 
ties, through the ages of the kids. 

After learning the children , were 
tutored and taught daily, besides 
being splendidly cared for, a spe- 
cial permit was Issued and Ihe act 
resumed. 

it is the first case so treated since 
the Child Labor Act came into 
effr. ■!. 



H00I/S TEMPORARY ALIMONY. 

Chicago. Feb. 0. 
The court ha.s ordered $500 
monthly alimony to be tentporarlb 
paid by James A. Hool to his wife. 
a pend.ng the trial of Wool's action 
against Mrs. Hool for divorce, the 
husimnd charging cruelty. Follow- 
ing the filing of IIool's suit his 
wife entered a cross bill, mentioning 
an unnamed eorespond* nt, 

The report Mrs. Etool named 
a scrubwoman is denied. iK>oi is 
manager of the State-Lake, Uarrirk 



and other 
Chicago. 



theatrical 



h u il d i n g * 



in 



SOPHIE WILSONS ACTION. 

Sophie Wilson has commenced an 
action in New Turk against, her 
husband and former \ ludeville 

partner, George Ward, for divorce, 
naming the statutory grounds and 
a corespondent, 

Miss Wilson w.is formerly of 
Ward and Wilson, with Ward her 
husband, she g11eg< • I lit al pi 
'fit Hilda Oltes is appearing In 'lie 
same titled act, assuming the 

' Wilson" end "I I In- bll 

Ward w.is served Monday with 
ihe papers aW4*oew*a National in 

'hf» Bronx. 



but because 
she knew in 
a token of 

left here in 



at the Waldorf. She went 
ihores she says, not because she 
wanted to be ewaggej 
it whs the only hotel 

New York left as 
splendor. 

When Miss Sh olds 
15)02, the Boomer and Bowman 
chains of big hotels were unthought 
of. Also, when leaving she was not 
a headliner in vaudeville. With her 
success abroad, she dreamed of the 
time when stye could come back to 
her native city and enjoy the com- 
forts of its finest hotel, occupying a 
suito like Mrs. Bat Cai lpbell or 
Sarah Bernhardt had done. Her 
first choice, when she came back, 
was tho Holland House, but*t had 
been torn down. The old Astor had 
gone the same route, so she picked 
the Waldorf. 

Eighteen" years in England and 
on the Continent, Miss Shields 
failed to keep track of things in New 
York, and during her stay here will 
try to gtghtses enough to learn 
something about the new city that 
has been builded oti top of the New 
Fork she knew as a child. 



RAFFLING HUSBAND 
FOR $200,000 NET 

Man and Wife Splitting— 200 
Women Given Chance. 



Albany, Feb. 9. 

Two hundred women of the capi- 
tal district will be given a chance to 
win a husband, termed by his wife 
"her most valuable treasure," and 
highly recommended after ten years 
of domestic tips and downs, when a 
raffle at $1,000 a chance to be con- 
ducted by Mrs. Albert J. Mix, of 
235 East Main Street, Amsterdam, 
Is started. 

The lucky woman will not only 
win tho husband, but also a $,"0,000 
"dowery," which Mr. Mix is to have 
as his share of the raffle. The lucky 
woman will get the $50,000 if she is 
able to separata it from Mr. Mix. 
but no clause in the raffle contract 
calls for the husband to fork over" 
the fifty thou. 

The Mix raffle wa*s announced 
last fall. At that tftne it was 
planned to dispose of 20,000 tickets 
for the raffle at $10 B ticket. There 
were many willing "gamblers," Mrs. 
Mix announced in Stating the 
change in the plans, but the number 
of tickets was too large, and it was 
found n< < i gsary to change the price. 
The money for U*e old tickets will 
h,> refunded. 

Mix has been out of work for the 
best part of List year and in order 
to provide funds for his wife and 
children he agreed to be raffled off, 
the story says. Mrs. Mix will take 
$150,000 oi i nr ty • r^*''" 1 - Albcf 
will get the remainder. Mrs Mis 

ij s Abort is the mosl ' valuable 
i • 1 1rle I own." 

GREASEPAINT INJURES FYES. 

Chicago. !'. !» '♦. 
B, arrive Cui .- left the llarrj l-'ox 
art at tin State-Lai e to go to X* w 
York- with her falli-r Jack Curtis), 
where the young woman will be 
t rented for '•• ' x li oubl< caused i»y 

\\ < li '|>;i inl 

PUBLICITY MAN BREAKS DOWN 

John Conv i: . i- ibtl< rtlr< toi 

for tie- Orphi M • it, suPfi red M 

nei vow br< ikdov I I. ■ ■ W hlcll 

will r. -.late bun taking :« 

for several week* to come. 



PUNCHING BEE STARTS 
AMONG FOUR AGENTS 

Max Hart, Oito Shatter Ac 
cused by LeMaire and 
' Under. 

The fever of fistiana h:is Invaded 
tho ranks of booking agents, 
two one punch affairs with the net 
result of two black ayes and two 
summonses to the police court, oc- 
curring within a week. The first 
exhibition took place on 44th street 
in front of the Astor Hotel last 
week at which time Max Hurt 
st link Kufus LeMaire, the climax 
Of Ill-feeling between the men. 
lf«.:t w;is summoned to tic 57th 
street com t last Thursday charged 
with assault. 

The second affair took place in 
the hallway of the Putnam building 
Monday, Otto Shatter punching 
Mark lander. The latter charged 
Shatter with disorderly conduct, 
the ease being called Wednesday 
.it the 54th street couit. 

The LeMaire vs. Hart matter was 
hoard but after the testimony was 
in. Monroe Goldstein representing 
Hart, asked for a continuance until 
Feb. 21. Hart prior to the melee 
claimed LeMaire had ruined his 
business stating he had shown a 
letter originally sent by the. Hart 
office to the Shubert office in ref- 
erence to seeing an act at the Pal- 
ace, to the Keith office. Hart testi- 
fied he was 49 years of age, 

LeMaire claims Hart tried to 
break up "Broadway Brevities" 
which he and his brother, George 
were interested in. He said that 
when Kddle Cantor was asked 
to leavo the show, Eddie Busaell 
was informed he would be as- 
signed his original Vole. Busaell 
however, advised LeMaire he could 
not appear on advice of his physi- 
cian. When LeMaire called tip the 
doctor the latter stated Buz/.ell 
could appear. The doctor said the 
Hart office had sent Buzzell to him, 
but a certificate of ill-health was 
refused, according to LeMaire. 
Cantor went into "Brevities'* 
for an extra week during Which 
time the BUSSeU matter was 
Straightened out and according to 
LeMaire, Hart profited Ihereby 
being Cantor's agent. 

The Linder vs. Shatter case 
dates from Saturday. Shatter was 
sending out circular letters to 
secure houses and clubs for booking 
and claims Jack Linder and his 
brother Mark were in his office too 
much, seeking information. When 
he ordered Mark Linder to leave 
Shatter alleges Jack Linder came in 
and both struck him. Shafter said 
he reached for the telephone to hurl 
it but others present Stepped in be- 
between the battlers. 

Monday Shafer saw Mark Linder 
In the hallway and delivered the 
offending wallop. Shafter then en- 
tered a neutral office with many 
spectator! trying to get in. While 
tho office was being cleared Linder 
who is a small man offered to post 
$50 that he could knock out Shafter 
in two rounds. 

Shafter was fined $ io at the Mag- 
istrate's hearing Wednesday. 



KICKED OUT AT $25 WEEKLY, 
VAN HOVEN NOW EARNS 




Eventful Career of Vaudeville'* Funmaker — t 
"Canned" by Seven of Gus Sun's House Man* 
agers — Booked Abroad Until 1932. 



i 



DAILY MAILS "IDEAL BILLS." 
The London pally Mail has In- 
augurated a prize contest for those 

submitting for publication "ideal 
: ills" for the music balls, similar 

to that dons by Variejy sev< 

yean ago. 



JACK LEWIS BACK. 

Jack Lewis, agent, who Wtt* 
ponded from the Keith offh-e, 
led Wednesday* 



BUS- 

wa s 



Shies Off Canton, O. 
OTu ials Of the American and 

Columbia Burlesque Circuits <\my 
Canton, <V. Is being conahjered as a 

and by cither \\ In el. 

The rumor follows d .u\ unsu< 
f.ii attempt of Cantos promoters to 
>_"t a burlesque franchise foi the 
City Auditorium, seating p,000. The 
American played the Grand opera 
[hOUBS there about two jee • BgO. 



Sherie Matthews' Daughter in Act. 
Mi^-s she; >Je Mntthi *a and Henry 
M u shall are doin •. a t\\" • t In 
\ .i udeville. 

M | Matt) in the il i 

of sherie Mali h. ••/. s. years i • 
the famous vaudeville lum 
, ICatthewi and Bulgei (Uarrj >. 



of 



The return of ivauk Van Hoven to^ 
his native land and as a feature at- 
traction at Keith's Palace, New 
York, last week, marked the peak 
for Van Ho%cn of his eventful stage 
Career. Van Iloven came back for 
satisfaction and the $800 weekly he 

is to Ret for 'Jfi weeks over here. 

The satisfaction was through Van 
Iloven hoping the seven house man- 
agers of the (Jus Sun Circuit who 
canned'' him in the old days after 
his first performance in each of 
their houses might know he is back 
again, and with a valet. 

To make his homecoming merely 
an epoch of his past, Yun Hovcn 
says he is booked in England until 
193U, with the next four years of 
solid bookings on the best circuits 
over there, during which he will 
play two halls, at a sliding scalo by 
years, from 160 pounds a week to 
220 pounds. In 1028 Van Iloven, 
besides playing scattered dates not 
made, will take up some of his post- 
poned contracts. At no time, how- 
ever has Van Hovcn more than 
three open weeks. 

To an American who knew Van 
Hoven in his Ilammerstein days his 
change from the hicky nutty come- 
dian of that time to the polished, 
well-dressed performer of the pres- 
ent is almost unbelievable. Van 
Hoven over here strolled along In 
his class with no pretension at any- 
thing beyond what he had learned 
playing the tanks Gus Sun located 
his picture houses in. In Hnglund 
Van Hovcn must have been a 
shrewd and consistent observer. 
From his stage dress and deport- 
ment, to the same things off the 
stage, besides an address that could 
take him anywhere, Van Hoven is 
another man, though tho same act. 

\ t ax\ Hoven said he never did the 
lee business of his act In the (Jus 
Sun theatres, as he could not af- 
ford to pay for the ice and the boy 
plants. In a circus where Van 
Hoven did the turn before taking 
to the stage, he secured his ic<> for 
nothing and tlo> plant service gratis 
as well, receiving from the circus 
$."» weekly for his services. In the 
Sun houses he was promised $2f>, 

but as the manager Invariably 

"canned" him after tie* Aral per- 
formance without paying him even 
pro rata for that one .show, Van 
Hovcn found no way to secure his 
props. 

Van Hoven says the sysieui abroad 
is quite different from ion*. He 

w»*jit to a hank asking for a l«»an 
of 400 pounds, staling the purpose 
of the borrow. "Why don't you take 
2.000 pounds?" asked the banker. 
"Haven't enough security for you," 
replied Nan Hoven. "Just put up 
your contracts," answered the bank- 
er, "they will be enough," and Van 
Hoven did, borrowing the equivalent 
of $10,000. 

In contrast, Van Hoven tells the 
routine of cancellation he found 
among the Cus Sun managers. 
After the first performance, usually 
in a pictuie theatre that played two 
acts, a single and a sister team, the 
manager would come back stage, 
asking Van Hovcn: "Can you do 
any other kind of an art?" "No," 
would reply Van HovCh. 'Then you 

are through," was tbe manager's 

retort. 

(Jus Sun was IhS only one v\ ho had 
any Confidence in him, said Van 
Hoven, as Ous Sun himself con- 
tinued to book Van Hoven In his 
houses, despite his managers' can* 

::*■'••. i< loo- \V'l*«o» V.»u 11 VCil j,., ( | 

to necessarily lay off frorn the 
abrupt cancellations, he usually en- 
gaged as a waiter. At one time, at 
Mrs Keifaber'a restaurant in Day* 
toil, Van Hovcn started waiting, 
and finding he wt> nol cane* led 
with the chances lh< house thought 
him a pood waiter, he kepi right 
on working tie re al $•"» weekly, with 
the tips very meagre. h was a 
"ham and' establishment, with 
some theatrical people dropping in 
f-r a quick lunch after tho show. 
Van Hovcn knew a numbi r bi 
sight, but none knew him, until oru 
e\« ninu Murray K 1 1 : ' < inn in tin 
fi out dOOf and Vail I' d licked 

out the hu- k door, r • ' " !■» ' •'. ■' 

Sun ca ■■ • II tt ion. h kn< s Mil!. 
Winn coming to .V ' I 



through having no time left open 
to him in the middle west, Van 
Hoven opened at the Oreenpoint, 
i'.iookhn, on a Sunday night in, 
March, 1910, for $10. After that ho 
played a week at Hammersteln'e 
for $125 and worked around the 
east, until Just before leaving for 
London he appeared at the Palace, 
New York. No. 4. for $225. Charles 
Bornhaupt, the foreign agent, or 
one of Bornhaupt's representatives, 
kept pressing him to try London, 
Van Hoven says. They Insisted he 
would be all right over there and 
Van Hoven finally consented to try 
it, securing an Knglish contraot 
calling for 45- pounds. 

The comedian has a fond memory 
of the late Willie Ilammerstein. 
One of Van Hoven's engagementa 
at Hammersteln'o was for a week 
in August, but in the previous June 
Van Hoven needed tho money the 
most. He asked an advance on his 
August S125 salary of $100 in June, 
and received it. When finishing the 
Ilammerstein week in August he 
found his pay envelope held $16S. 
Taking it up to Willie, Van Hoven 
said, "Mr. Hammerstein, there has 
been a mistake. You loaned ma 
$100 in June and here's $150 for my 
$125 salary." "You got to hell out 
of here," said Willie, "and don't try 
to tell me my business. I am run- 
ning this office." It was aome hours 
after that before Van Hoven awak- 
ened to the fact that that was 
Willie's way. 

Van Hoven said In .London they 
called him "The O. Henry of 'Vari- 
ety'." Van Hoven is insistent his 
advertising in Variety brought him 
back to America's big time vaude- 
ville at $800 weekly. It was pointed 
out that while publicity has ita 
value, the act must be behind It, and 
although his Variety advertising 
had attracted much attention, still 
it was Van Hoven who commanded 
the booking and the money. 

"All right, then," replied Van 
Hoven, "tell me why other American 
acts who have gone over there, have 
been and still are hi* successes, but 
are never heard of, much less booked 
over here? 

"And how about this? vVhea 
Ernest Le PaldS of the Moss Um- 
pires hand .1 me a bunch of con- 
tracts in London. Mr. Le Taide said: 
Van, when are you going to resume 
those ads In Variety?* I snid i 
didn't know. 'Well,' said Mr. Le 
f'aide to me, 'if I had thought you 
were going to cut out thone ads. I 
would have held back these con- 
tracts until you promised.' 

"I have spent over $5,000 advertis- 
ing In Variety," continued Van 
Hoven, "and I think it's the best 
investment I ever made. I found 
out the egacl amount to-day in 
order to deducl it on my lneome 
lax. 

"When I opened at the Palace 
Monday afternoon, that kind bunch 
applauded for 70 seconds. And when 
( said, while down In the aisle, I 
wish Gus Sun could see mo now.' 
the npplam* broke out for 20 ■'■<•- 
onds more. Where did they know 
about Gus Sun and myself, If not 
for Variety? When I left New York, 
who knew Van Hoven, outside the 
Hammerstein few? Now, whrn I'm 
back and walk up the street, I will 
see a little group and hear someone 
say, as he nudges the person next 
to him. There's Van Hoven.' 

"I lived on 13rd street and paid 
$3.50 a week. I dresned over a stable 
in We*t Virginia and got kicked by 
a mule every time I made my 
dressing room. I bad to cai 
food to hungry people, and never 
knew what a good meal looked like 
to eat or serve. Now, what I m/ 
about »ilk stockings In my aet i« 
true. I wnr them. I didn't wr.-ir 
(lorn, did 1, before I advertised In 
Variety? I couldn'l gel $800 a week 
when I was h<»re before. 

I think you guys are pretty good 
to have a paper that can take 
$...U0f> In Ave years from a perfor- 
mer, but n* far as you and I are 
concerned, I got the i.est of it, for I 
r made r whole lot more out of 
iian you did." 
Van Hoven is n • 
« m hhi Mm. f'i ■ ok!\ a, 
u • i k at Pill V'rqh. 

we* ka ire < ncluded 
■ England, 



we..k R » u,« 

with next 

After his 2« 

he will re- 






VAUDEVILLE 



II 



Friday, FebnsJ^r 11, 1921 








• 

• 



INSIDE STUFF 

ON VAUDEVILLE. 



If the ticket speculating bill that has passed both 'houses at Albany, 
N. V., Is signed by the Governor, it may do one thing, and (hat is to shut 
up the street barking ticket specs who line either side of the Palace (New 
York) around theatre time, matinee and night. 

These spec* have taken •tore frotttl or a hallway or a cubby hole, any- 
tliing to hold them Inside the stoop line, yhey shout their wares, mostly 
"Good seats at the Palace for tonight" (or afternoon). Around three or 
nine o'cloek. if it looks as though they wiM be stuek, they yell, "Palace 
tickets for half price." Half an hour before that it's "Palace tickets at 
. office price." 

Not lung in the ticket speculating business has ever approached these 
Hester street methods of the Palace specs, it may i>e said they did more 
to pass that bill at Albany than all of the other New York speculators. 

A legit house manager will ask how could three o.-lees secure enough 
tickets from one house that says it doesn't want to. sell to specs and 
takes every available means apparently to avoid it, to become overloaded? 
It's quite a question. It could also be asked why these Offices have the 
best orchestra locations and always In the same sections? 

Keith's Hamilton suffered from specs. Perhaps right now. That cer- 
tainly hurt the Hamilton when it was running:, for it's a neighborhood 
and the residents grew tired of being; turned away at the box office to 
hear someone outside yelling Hamilton tickets at them. Keith's Riverside 
also had it for a while, also the Alhambra. They went after the specs 
at the Alhambra with special officers. The Palace had a couple o* the 
barkers arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, but they were dis- 
charged. Meantime all the "Palace offices," as those specs are called. 
continued to have tickets on hand for the Palace. If inquiring for them 
too early in the day a caller was informed to return later and they would 
be there. They always were. 



The ShubertS are "absorbing'' big time vaudeville through association 
with those who formerly were in constant touch with it. This absorption 
.s reported as procured through the Shuberts, especially Lee. keeping in 
close contact with those whom he wishes to learn something from. What 
will become of his present companions after Lee nnnds out all they know 
jr all he wants to know, is problematical. 



AGENTS MUST NOT AT- 
TACH WITHOUT NOTICE 



V. M. P. A. Revives Rulings on 
It — Also Above Over-Payment 



The wives won out in the 50 Club row. After a resolution of that club 
had debarred women in futiue, the husband end of the organization called 
a special meeting;, when the resolution was rescinded, giving the wives a 
victory. 



The system of sending the cuts made in vaudeville programs on the 
first performances of the week to other theatres, for their information, 
is spreading according to a story. It says that cuts made on the big 
time in the east now find their way to the big time of the west, but 
whether directly or as the acts playing east are routed in the west, Is 
not known. 



Any artist's representative who 
attaches an act's salary for money 
alleged tO be due for managerial 
■ervices Or for any Other reason 
hereafter without tirst submitting 
the matter at issue to the Vaude- 
ville Managers' Protective Associa- 
tion for investigation as to the 
merits >f the controversy, in ac- 
cordance with a rule established by 
the V. M. P. A. several weeks ago, 
will be summarily ruled off the 
booking floors of any agency book- 
ing houses operated or controlled 

by members of the v, m, P, a, 

While the rule has been in exist- 
ence for some time, ami it was sup^ 
posed by the V. M. P. A. all artists' 
representatives were familiar with 
it. the V. M. P. A. again calls the 
attention of all artists' representa- 
tives to it. 

The tying up of acts on attach- 
ments by agents has resulted in 
causing considerable annoyance to 
managers through having their 
shows broken up. 

Another ruling made by the V. 
M. P. A. some time ago which is to 
be rigidly enforced Is that which 
states an artist's representative 
must not demand or accept more 
than the equivalent of 5 per cent, 
of an .»ct's salary for services. Rep- 
resentatives on proof submitted this 
rule regarding the demanding and 
acceptance of excess- booking fees 
has been broken, will also be ruled 
off of booking floors of agencies do- 
ing business with houses owned or 
controlled by members of the V. M. 
J'. A. 



SUES FOR COMISH. 

Lemaire Has $1,000 Claim Against 
Raths. 



Suit has been instituted in Boston 
by Rufus Lemaire, Inc., agalnat the 
Rath Brothers for approximately 
$1,000. The amount, sued for repre- 
sents a claim for managerial serv- 
ices alleged to have been performed 
by Lemaire, Inc., covering the ef- 
fecting of engagements with the 
ShubertS at the Winter Garden a 
season ago and additionally the en- 
gtagement played later with Zlcg- 
feld's "Follies." 

According to Harry Sachs 
Hechheimcr, attorney for Lemaire. 
the claim is based on an alleged 
agreement Rath Brothers made 
with Lemaire in which they were to 
pay a stipulated fee weekly for all 
engagements played during a stated 
period during which the act was to 
be under the management of the 
Lemaire concern. 

This is the second lawsuit Rath 
Brothers have figured in recently. 
After leaving the Shuberts to go 
with Ziegfeld's "Folli 's,'* the Shu- 
berts brought an injunction suit, 
which resulted in the act being 
ordered by a court decision to re- 
turn to the Shuberts. 



NEW ORLEANS' NEW 
ORPHEUM THEATRE 



Opened Monday — Capacity 



2 



,300— Best Located. 



CHANGE HELPS ROOF 



Feature Film Addition Draws 
Capacity. 



At the Palace, New York, this week Santly and Norton are singing 
"My Mammy," a new pop ballad, through the courtesy of Yvette Rugel. 
Jt's a published number. The two boys declared they were entitled to 
the exclusive privilege of singing the song through having first rehearsed 
it Monday morning. Miss Rugel, who has had it in her repertoire, put 
in a claim on ground she had previously written to the house orchestra 
leader stating that song was a part of her act. 

The case went before the Keith people, who decided Miss Rugel was 
entitled to the number for the Palace. Whereupon Santly and Norton 
Interviewed Miss Huge! and she consented to their employment of It. 



"SHUBERT VAUDE" OUT. 



Reference to Shuberts in Amsterdam 
Dropped. 



The change in the make-up of 
the American Koof shows from nine 
acts and a' two-reel comedy to eight 
acts and a five-reel feature which 
went into effec a couple of weeks 
ago has apparently brought a very 
noticeable increase of business on 
the Roof. 

The Roof had been doing fairly 
since the beginning o* the season 
with the nine-act and comedy film. 

For the last three weeks with the 
picture in, the Roof has been doing 
capacity practically every night. 



TAB ON AGENTS 



Keith Office Officially Notes Time of 
Morning Appearance. 



New Orleans, Feb. 9. 

The new Orphcum, opening Mon- 
day and playing big time vaudeville, 
is the best located theatre here, it 
is on University place near Canal, 
directly opposite lha main entrance. 
of the Grunewald hotel, and just 
across from the Tulane and Cres- 
cent theatres. 

The theatre will seat 2,300,' with 
the orchestra holding 802. The in- 
terior has a side arrangement of 
loges and boxes. 

The orchestra in this newest the- 
atre will be extremely exclusive. 
It will come and go by its own 
separate passageways. Also it will 
arrive and exit by trap doors in- 
stead of by way of stooping neath 
the stage. 

Back stage everything ha.s been 
arranged with the artist In mind. 
The 23 dressing rooms have been 
fitted to the latest mode. There 
are baths and showers in Profu- 
sion and retiring and rest rooms. 
Nearly a million dollars has been 
spent. G. Albert Lansburgh, the 
circuit's architect, has made this 
his best work. The theatre lias 
been two years in course of con- 
struction. Its site was selected by 
Charles E. Bray, whose indefatig- 
able efforts the past two months 
. ade it possible for the house to 
open this season. 

The first Orpheum resident man- 
ager is Ben J. Piazza, one of the 
younger executives. The stage 
manager is Edward J. Mather. 
Emilo Tosso, as of old, conducts 
the orchestra. The treasurer is 
Frank Marciante, the foremost 
ticket seller in Dixie. The opening 
night the Interior resembled a gala 
performance at the opera. The 
weather was warm which permit- 
ted of the use of the cooling system. 



Who is D. D. II.? was the question put to one of the Variety staff by 
a Palace Theatre Building employee subsequent to reading the mysterious 
advertisement appearing in Variety weekly. And to make it more com- 
plete the Variety representative was even ignorant as to the correct 
answer. The only inTormation available was that he, like numerous 
others of the profession, has been endeavoring to solve the answer to 
the novel advertising matter, Which proves once again advertising from 
a professional standpoint will cause considerable comment if executed 
properly. 



ROBBED IN ROOM 13. 




Ray and Helen Walzer Welcomed to 
New York by Burglar. 



Bay and Iblen "Walzer arrived in 
New York Sunday night from the 
west. They were tired out and went 
to sleep early. Bay at the tint" pos- 
sessed an assortment «>f fancy silk 
shirts, $50 in money and a g»-ld 
watch and chain. 

When they awoke Monday morn- 
ing someone else had the boodl<\ ob- 
1. lining it by entering a window 
from the roof of the Edmund 
Apartments where they are stop- 
ping. 

The discovery of his loss made 
Walzer superstitious. It h ippened 
In Room 13. Now the Walters are 
in Room 22. 



Amsterdam, N. Y., Feb. 9. 

All reference to ' Shubcrt Vaude- 
ville," "Winter Garden" and "Cejfr- 
tury Roof" has been omitted from 

the advertising copy of the *t>cal 
Rlalto. 

Larry Reilly and Co. headed the 
bill the first half, billed "direct from 
the Grand theatre, Albany-." The 
Grand is a Keith house. The Strand 
(Keith's) now books five acts and a 
picture, same as the Rialto. 

The advertising war continues. 



The agents booking through the 
Keith office on the s^xth floor are 
now being tabbed each morning for 
the exact timo when they appear 
on the booking floor. 

An order recently Issued stating 
9 o'clock was the latest when an 
agency could actually be represent- 
ed in person on the sixth floor was 
followed by instructions to one of 
the young men of the Keith office 
to jot down the time of the arrival 
of every agency. 



J ' 7/ 



WAR HEROES' BENEFIT 

Company K of the "Lost Battal- 
ion," which held out although sur- 
rounded in the drive through the 
Forest of the Argonne, in 1918, will 
hold a benefit at the Hotel Commo- 
dore, New York, tomorrow evening 
(Saturday). 

Tho survivors of Col. Whittle- 
sey's courageous band purpose to 
raise funds to maintain a home as 
a perpetual memorial to American 
dead in France and to do welfare 
work among the families of the men 
who fell. 

Bach manufacturer of records win 
be asked to contribute the services 
of an orchestra used In making rec- 
ords and they will play in compe- 
tition for a prize. Alice Delysla 
has promised to appear and the 
committee will announce other art- 
on the bill tomorrow. 



MAE RUSSELL "PORTIA* 1 

It was Mae Russell, a Philadel- 
phia booking agent, \sho won the 
freedom from the Eastern Peniten- 
tiary of Richard Murphy, by an el- 
oquent plea In his behalf before the 

Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. 

Variety's attention is called to the 
error and prints the facts In Justice 
Co Miss Russell. 




Pic/ 

msj 



BERT LEVY 



Twelve yean ;i^<» Siroo said In Variety; "Acts may come and acts may go, bul Bert 
Levy g-x's on forever." 

Last week he wrote In Variety: 'Bert Levy I* a vaudeville institution." 



0PP0SITI0N_CUTS SHOW 

Glen Fslls House Reduce to Twic< 
Daily. • 



Albany, N. Y., Feb. 9. 

The Kmpire, Glen Falls, N. Y-. 
a split week playing Keith vaude- 
ville, has announced two perfor- 
mances daily. 

The Rialto, in that city, of late 
has been advertising Shubcrt vau- 
deville with two shows a day. 



POP AT WOODS'. 

Vaudeville Going Into Seaside House 
Feb. 28. 



Atlantic City, Feb. 9. 

The Woods will start a pop vaude- 
ville policy including pictures at the 
Woods about Feb. 28. 

The theatre will have its vaude- 
ville booked through the Amalga- 
mated Agency (Sablosky & Mc- 
Guirk). 

ROCK RETURNS TO ACT. 

Loses No Time After 8how'8 Closing 
in Boston. 



Billy Rock returned to vaudeville 
with his former "1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 2 
More" girl act at Proctor's Newark, 
N. J., Monday. 

The Rock Show, "Silks and 
Satins," closed at the Wilbur, Bos- 
ton, Saturday. 

Eddie Keller arranged Rocks 
vaudeville time. 






MISS MAYHEW LOSES TUMOR. 

Tuesday Billie Taylor removed 
his wife, Stella May hew, from the 
Roosevelt Hospital to their home at 
Mamaroneck, N. Y. Miss MayheW 
had been In the hospital for three 
weeks, following an operation for 
the removal of a tumor weighing 
twelve pounds. 

Though ordered to remain quiet 
until the end of April. Miss MayheW 
is feeling well. 

STAN STANLEY BETTER. 

Stan Stanley, at Phoenix, Ariz* 
for tho past six months recuperat- 
ing from a sevcio attack of pluerisyt 
will shortly resumo his vaudeville 
activities, presenting his former net. 



KIDDING KINGSLEY 
A number in the new nine o'clock 
revue at the New Amsterdam roof 
is dedicated to Walter Kingshy, 
It is called "Put Down My Num- 
ber In Your IJttle R d BocV ** T 
was written by Ballard M ic Don i &t 



Fri« 



RING IN TWINS ON 
"CON'S" BATTIER 



and 



Double-Crossers Make Him 
Fight Family — Almost Killed. 

Hooslck Falls, Fob. 9 
peat 4 Chick: 

Toll Eddie Mead, Doc Bagley and 
Dan Morgan they had better stear 
clear of this neek of the woods with 
their lightweightH or they will get 
them knocked cuckoo. 

Of all the double crown n* burgs in 
the state this one cops th« ear laps, 
I inought "Tomato" here to box ft 
lightweight called Kid Troy and if 
it wasn't for an accident I' wouldn't 
Know y« t what happened or how we 
were pipped. 

It seems thin bird has been 
knockin' them all dead mid the 
tenter they brought them in the 
faster he knocked them out. He 
brat ft lot of good boys from New 
Toik and was considered unbeat- 
able by the locals. I figured it a 
good chance t> get heavy Jack, for 
win n these yokes get stock on a 
l»u>: they'll bet the family prescript 
ttona. 

i made the match over the long 
disuir.ee phone, st pu atin' the 
weight at 185 rlngsfde and wiring a 
fat forfeit to cover our makin it. 
'We pulled into this burg the after- 
noon of the fight and the whole 
town seemed anxious to grab me 
and force a bet out of me. This 
went for the local sportin' writers 
all the way down febe line to the 
Chief of poliee. 

1 figured tli. i e/ %va < . in j 

the wood pile; but couldn't put my 
linger <»n iiuUun ii.v. n mar. k i*Ui •» 
the referee was up and up and de- 
cided that it was just another one 
of them crazy PSsTga where they 
think one of their own must nat- 
urally be unbeatable. 

We weighed it. all right with mu 
<x..i. ii . ..• Uttii .> . a a ma ro- 
s. ■ • • <• i < tfular Troy 

mad JJ5 without never turnin' a 
Uu . . *ust Uei< • - I'iiia. - u uii 
the m ale a greasy lookin' egg 
Stipni d up to me and stuck M}|DO< 
thing in my hand that fell st»ft and 
elummy, at the same time whisp- 
crin' to me, ''Shake hand with Troy 
when he gets off the scales." 

I dont know why I paid any at- 
tention to this bird, but you know 
I'm a hunch player and somethin' 
told me to play this one straight. 
\ peeked down at my duke and it 
was black with this clammy liquid 
that the guy had rubbed in my 
hand. 

I followed the bunch and grabbed 
Troy by the hand after he got off. 
the scale, givin' him the usual 
pleased to meet yt r and may 
the best man win, etc. He looked 
kind of funny at his hand after I 
let go of it, but thought nothin' of 
it, although it was as black as mine 
from this stuff. 

After this stunt I looked around 
to get thia Sap and find out what 
all the sub rosa stuff was about, but 
he had disappeared. I was won- 
derih' right up until we got in the 
ring what was comin' off but as I 
said before I couldn't see nothin' 
Irregular, so finally dismissed it 
from my mind. 

After the prelims we all get in 
the ring with Tomato and Troy , 
Wearia' bathrobes, as usual. After j 
they got their instructions and 
threw off the blankets I rubbed my j 
eyes. Troy was the biggest light- 
freight I ever laid my lamps on and 
I've seen them all. He looked as- 
big as Mike O'Dowd and if 1 hadn't 
seen him weigh in with my own 
•yea I would lake an oath he 
weighed 160. 

And he was strong as n bull 
roughln' "Tomato" around like he 
was a baby. I kissed my dough 
good bye after the first round. i"i 

it w;m a foregone conclusion ami 
sure enough In the fourth h< 
rocked "Tomato" softly to sleep 
with ft right cross that would haw 
■taggered Willard. WhiL I'm rub- 
bin' my battler's ears and givin' the 
aromatic spirits, my greasy friend 
bobbed up at the corner of the rh\u 
and said, "Now, examine Ti >\ ' 
hands," 

iii^ht away a great light hit m- 
"nd grubbln' the referee I lold him 
what I suspected. He walked < » \ * i 
to Troy's corner demanding lhal 
he remove the bandages, whi< h h< 
'lid and his hot It hands were a 
clean as a whistle. The grease ha 
was right behind n.< and said In 

mj • a: , '] though! . ••. t ha ' « a - in 
delilde ink 1 mil t«'.i 3 OH IN It ll and ii 

could n't be n tiio . -I w it iiin • ighi 
hours [f you sawed <-iY a hand, This 
^".\ is a twin of 1 he guy th 1 
W • i. Ii. (I m ttnd If a middled lu lil . 
1 was knocked loco up here ttboui 

ft J I ir a:.» and uspe< ted lhal I U"t 



refereo declared all beta off 
called the fight "no contest." 

Can you beat it. "Tomator" ain't 
over the pastin this bir« nipped him 
yet. Be good, 

Your old pal, 

COX 



MASS. REPRESENTATIVE 
LIMITS SHOWS TO TWO 



Introduces Bill for Not Over Twice 
Daily— Says Meant "Three." 



ABSENT SCENERY 

CAUSE TO CANCEL 



Managers Complain to V. M. P. 
A. Against Elusive Acts 






Representative Harvey K. Frost 
has introduced in the Massachusetts 
Legislature a bill to limit the the- 
atrical performances of women and 
minora. He asks that the present 
law be amended by adding to it, "No 
licensee under this section Mhall 
compel any woman or minor to ap- 
pear on the stage in mor* than two 
theatrical performances] in any one 
day." 

Frost, who is an insurance agent 
in Boston and lives in a suburb of 
the city, denies that he was actu- 
ated In the filing .,f this bill by any 
outside Influence or by any desire to 
attack theatrical player::. On tin- 
other hand, he claims that when the 
performers understand his motive 
they will support the bill. He 
cla'ms he has no objections to three 
performances a day, despite his bill 
reads two, and says the 'two" was 
the mistake of a typist, which he 
•lid not notice in time for correction. 
He pays that when the bill comes up 
for a hearing before the Labor and 
Industry Committee he will have it 
changed to read "three.*' 

The representative .i.yrins that he 
basse his action on the fact that at 
present in some small time houses 
acts are put on too frequently* and 

that the economic policy is a bad 
one. He avers his bill will not affect 
the big time houses or those that 
play three a day. 

Asked by a Variety correspondent 

for his reason in picking out women 
and minors," he said that a New 
Vdrk decision prohibits limiting the 
amount of work a man should do. 
but docs not apply to women and 
minors. He points out that as 
women figure in a large percentage 
of vaudeville acts the male per- 
formers would be affected automati- 
cally. 



Following a number of complaints 
reaching the Vaudeville Mar.ag^rs' 
Protective Association, that acts 
have been making a practice of 
playing the smaller houses In : nd 
around Ch'.cago, Hoston ami St. 
LouIh without bringing along their 
full scenic equipment, when the con- 
tracts called for it, the V. M. V. ' . 
ruled this week any avt failing to 
live up to the letter of its contract 
as regards scenery hereafter will 
be subject to Immediate cancella- 
tion by the house manager. 

House managers have had thi' 
right but many have hesitated to 
act because of listening to tales of 
baggage congestion, ete. Many 
house managers claim to have been 
Unposted upon by acts that failed to 
bring along the scenery their con- 
tracts called for. 

While the practice of not bring- 
ing their full scenic equipment 
along has been most flagrant in the 
three cities mentioned, it has not 
been solely confined to them, com- 
plaints having been received from 
other sections of the country. 



DEFAULTER CAUGHT 



VAUDEVILLE AT BEAC01T. N. Y. 

The State, Beacon, N. v.. op- 
posite Newburgh, formerly playing 
combinations has been temporarily 
closed due to alterations. 

The work will be completed about 
the end of this month When split 
week vaudeville will start. 



Christie Back at End of Month. 

Wayne Christie, booker for the 
Gu8 Sun Offices in New York, is not 
expected back until the end of the 
month. He has been at Hot Springs 
for the last four weeks. 

All bookings handled by Christie 
are still being looked after from 
the Sun. Springfield, office, 



John Thisss Returned to St. Louis — 
Arrested While Calling 

St. Louis. Feb. 9. 
John Thiess, the 21 -year-old 
treasurer and assistant manager of 
IiOcw's CJarrick, who was brought 
back fr( m Milwaukee Friday on a 
charge of having emhe/./.led $1.9S»; 
from the theatre, said th<» total 
amount taken by him was $L'.2:'>J. 
and that he lost all of it except the 
$800 which he had when he ran 
away to Milwaukee, In die-- games 
here. Thiess was well liked in local 
theatrical circles. 

The police here received word that 

Thiess had talked over long dis- 
tance 10 Mrs. Flore tte LeFleure. a 
divorcee and a contortionist who 
was then in Chicago and who played 
at Locw's 14 weeks ago under the 
name of "Floreite." Knowing Kirs'. 
LeFleure would play Milwaukee 
next, the Chief of police wired that 
city to arrest Thiess, for it was 
thought he would visit there, 
Thcss was arrested In the lobby of 

a hot. 1 when he called on Mrs. Le- 
Fleure to take her to supper. 

Thiess was employed at Loew's 
for the pact year. Manager Eddie 
Cline of the theatre stated that he 
thought Thiess would "go straight" 
If given another chance. 



Crystal in St. Joseph Changes. 

The Crystal, St. Joseph, Mo. lias 
been taken over by the Hosteller 
Amusement Co. and will hereafter 
Of booked by the Western Vaude- 
ville Managers' Association. 

The house was formerly handled 

by Cello Bloom for the Inter-State 

time. 




POLLY and OZ 



FRILLS AND FASHIONS 

By ALICE MAC 



lie 



VA or!; ■;. •• o thi« pro k'CS It." 



The 



A 1 B. F. K7.ITHS ROYAL . NF.W YORK Tl I IS WKl IN 

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There were two distinctive hits at the Palace Monday matinee, both 

\*y the two single women on the bill. The first to arouse enthusiasm wan 

Yvette Huge], looking charming in a gown of gohl eloth that had dark 

bhlS chiffon veiling it, with the little circles of heads corresponding with 

the dame-colored sash tied into a huge >ow at the side, so fashionable 

at present. Miss Kugcl's choice of songs was perfeOti She being in 

splendid voice, which showed exceptionally well during her rendering of 

"CareHses." At the close of MIsh Rugel's act on tripped hubby Johnny 

Dooley who, turning to the audience, Maid 'Hello Soaks," whereupon 

wifey said, 'Don't, Johnny, that's been said ahead of you" (bill Dooley's 
ait J. "1 don't care, it's mine anyway," he replied. 

They sang their duet, "You'll lib Sorry," bringing much laughter, and 
making it a hard spot to follow, which fell on the shoulders of the head* 
liners, Bushmgn and lkiyne, with their sketch, "1'oor Rich Man." telling 
the story how a man with millions of dollars can still not know the joys 
of life. The act is too draggy, especially where Mr. Itushman is on the 
stage alone, waiting for the clock to strike 9 p. m. Miss iiayne is Just 
as sweet in real life as she was in reel life, am. her gown of black satin 
With the attractive grey turned -Up hat with the feather sweeping across 
the front was most becoming. The set for the act was beautiful, with 
its long draperies of dull gold shaded with green. At the sides of the 
sta^e folds of the material hung from the flics and were held to the 
ground with rings of wood. 

The other single was that delightful artiste, Klla Shields, Juat aa 
immaculate as ever in her impersonations of the male. Miss Shields is 
singing some new numbers, one an Knglish Hobble, called "Archie I*. C" 
if anyone is familiar with this person across the water they will realize 
how well Miss Shields does the character. Tho walk is perfect, the only 
trouble with the song is that it is a little too Knglish, and the dialog be- 
tween the verses could be cut down quite some. With them all "Burling- 
ton Bertie*' still remains the favorite. Miss Shields was obliged to make 
a speech at the conclusion. She said: "Jake Ethel Levey said, I am glad 
to be home once again, having been away twelve .aonths." Miss Shields 
received some floral offerings. Upon one basket hung the Stars and 
Stripes. When seeing the flag, Miss Shields itooped and kissed It. 

Helen Storey (with 1 till Dooley) is a cute looking miss in her kiddies' 
Crock of white with the -Jumper top of scarlet, and black bow on her 
chestnut locks. The same may be said of all her costumes, from her 
cow -girl outfit to her bride's dress of while frills. 

Midnight was just striking as «he picture faded from view at the 81st 
Street Monday, and one heard many complaints from the gathering as 
the) passed out. One was a compliment to Jed Dooley. It was: "Dooley 
was right about the bill when he said. 'After you have seen the other 
acts, you'll wish that 1 was still on.' " What a pretty little person Dooley's 
"Co." is, In her short frock of yellow chiffon, with its underskirts of 
orange, and after seeing Bill's "Co." at the Palace, one must admit the 
Dooleys are some ptckefS* 

Kary] Norman. "The Creole Fashion Plate," displayed- a new costume 
that was handsome, consisting of rows upon rows of deep gold fringe 
thai was tied in the middle with a wide sash of royal blue silk, formed a 
huge bow at the back. The Sleeves hung long, almcrst to the ground, one 
side Icing blue the other fringe. The costume was that of a Chinese 
maiden for the song, "Just Another Broken Idol from China." 

Will J. Ward has four young women who know how to play the piano, 
and besides Cfari slnj, and dance. A rett-halred young miss made an Im- 
pression With "Oh Papa," while the one who sung "Broadway Hose" win 
recalled three- times. Her dress was of dark blue chiffon with Its triin- 
raings of blue feathers, while another wore peach chiffon that had lace 

hi • > lions lot in the fvdl skill. 

The bill at lite Arn< r can fust half got the well- packed house. The 
Newmans (man and woman) a bicycle act. opened. They are doing all 
nuuiner of tricks on one* wheel hikes, even to sparring with the gloves, 

Neat was the miss of Gates and Harris in her dainty frock of pale bfue, 

puffed u the sides. This act was well received, considering ll wa« \.i l\ 
I'etuice Le .'.arr and \l> r Beaus added more singing and were p|e« mc 
Miss i.e Barr's gown was of purple, with the luce of gold draped el i * * • - 
sjth s. 

.las K. McCurdy and Co. appeared in the only sketch, under the lead- 
ing of "liis Daughter's Husband." It brought many laughs, *ut also 
many recollections. The yottng uoman delivered. hOf lines well and had 
a r.iee pleated costume of White, with the short loose coat edged with 
pale pink. 

Felix Adler seemed perfectly at borne, and got a great deal of rornedy 

by referring to a couple in the box, who by their sitting positions n.u t 
have thought they were home in the parlor, Mr. Adler. after kl*sing 
the young woman in his act, turned to the box and said. "Don't you v. i li 
you could do this, you're doing ahout everything else?" 

llsnlon and Clifton, closing, showed that besides singing and dan- LnfJ 
exceptionally well they were acrobats of no small ability. 

Mollis Williams at the Columbia this week has given h<r show n> 
particular plot, just having some comedy scenes rather well handled »>v 
Teddy McNamara and Cy Plunkett. the latter late for a cue Tin- "lav 
matinee, causing quite some stage wait. Miss Williams appeared In what 
was programed as "The Unknown Law," a "Tragic Episode nf the 

North," with Miss Williams playing Snow Queen, u dance hall fifirl, v. ho 
trails "Big Mitt" Steve, seeking vengeance. The plot thickens us Kite 
dances for him attired in a shawl of scarlet, The Columbia d.'ln i ^o 
Wild Over the- playlet. 

Miss Williams appears for the second and la.-t time '" " l nexl net, 
singing numbers and changing her costume for <a< h, 

in the last the different principals give impersonations, but you would 

never know who they were if the program didn't tell. Jane VVcst up 
peared a.-, Mary Garden in black laffefa, figured with a small flowei of 
gold. 

Louis* Wort hiiuton, who known li<>w ti» handle a gun. was dalnl> hi .1 
1 soft frock of Alice Ulue satin, with panels Of chiffon at the sld< . th" 
material was 'corded around the hips, ^ i \ i 1 1 j.-. it a slie,hi hooped effect. 

<^ui,a ;it ihe Urnadwaj Wednesday matinee until Idhottati up|tearcd 
••:'!•. hi' xylophone fiddle Koj and his young. regJmcnl were u enter- 

1 tiling a c\ 1 ! . 

.Mm and IJetty Morgan came im \i. with Miss Morgan refreshing in • 

[tuple frock of white satin that had an openine. at the sides showing 

pleated ehiffon Of American beaut) shade. \\'h</i lite Montana had 

Dtii shed l.hey helped Kramer und Boyle, playli "You'll H< S01 on 

1 he tliu<- and ukekde, while Mr. Kramci shook « shimmy. 

Khanoi' Pierce hud tin pleasure of bringing the bill to u close, MJi 
I'hrce is a Mu v-nl to he thrown nl»oUt a- her partner did whik lh< 
,,.,,, 1. At present Miss Pierce's acl h< no punch to It. A brown chiffon 

nrk veiled with ;• darker material was pretty, but littles panties of 
ilv * m< co'orinsj would !••• an Improvement, and hcjp lo make im 

pi.-- a trifle lhiun<*r. 

Vfattyhi Ly parti had vatkuis costume foj» her different numbers^ 
1 ., , . , ; u -,*, ;i ci || ( .• .<< 1 .■ .,! nranne I ton its with the J " • • of blue 

,, . ,, \i Lypard can .- 1 romsjan including a p'ftii lump tinol 

for th' Im i • "' • nd. 



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VARIETY'S CHICAGO OFFICE 



Chicago 




STATE-LAKE THEATRE BUILDING 



- 



PALACE, CHICAGO 

Chicago, »'• i>. '>. 

J. Ilonamond Johnson hai a :- I 

H.-t. But not good enough to fttop 

\ s-ho\v fOf 1" rninui.N 1< nil nii-i t« !v. 

Monday afternoon a acen* trana- 

pired ai the usual!) oi •!• i ly !'- 

that waa a s< amiui. Jobnson'n act 

had proceeded quite quietly until 

tha audience began to take note oi 

a colored man Heated in tin- fourth 

row on tha al»le, whoso BhouUlert! 

were aba king to the lilt of Johnson*! 

syncopes. After that stich applause I impression, ns he has rare appear- 

«s there was mine from acattered I .-in,-,, and good way a. il<" never 

spots in the house; mostly above. yairectly says h<* lost Che limh in 

accompanied with whietllnsr, nboi.it- France, but recites ■ poem <>f a 

ing and feet-atamping. I^or a large f soldier who did, which gets him 

part of this Johnson was directly at sympathy* Ha is very ISngllah 

fault, qs he and his troupe employed • though ii«>t as a "•character," ami 

all the too-well-known tactics to [tells gaga, soma P,<»<><1 and some 

tease bows and recalls. Even it weak, He sings smartly and dances 



Ing, construction, conception ami 

HI toil. 

The MeQanp opened the show, 
hat ami club juggling before a 

< oniedy drop of a stable with prac- 
tical » low u effects. \\«nt well. 
lack Joyce, • new one here, is a 
remarkably handsome youngster, 
Immaculately attired in evening 
\s - i!-. with one leg and a black 
crutch, If he could camouflage his 
deformity behind a waist-high cur* 
tain and then spring it as a sur- 
prise he could work up a wonderful 



> 



the colored "patron" out front was 
not a "plant," Johnson's methods 
aggravated rather than relieved the 
condition. 

By the time Johnson was "fed 
up" on the demonstration, which 
began to grow embarrassing and 
uncontrollable, he made honest ef- 
forts to stop it. But he had the 
crowd tasting blood by then, ami 
then not only wouldn't let the next 
act go on, but wouldn't let him, 
either. At last he got attention and j few minutes 
sang "They Rambled," which was J played to th< 
enough of an anti-climax to that ! of going out, as 
boisterous uproar to let him off in : the night show. 
utter and, desolate silence. John- 
son's supporting musicians shared 
with him the misbehavior, as they 
jockeyed without shame for the 
earlier bows, breaking into dance 
steps and then darting off, and re- 
turning with one foot on and one 
foot back, etc. At no time during 
the turn did it "go" in any degree 
legitimately warranting such an 
extravagant and sudden explosion 
at the end. 

Colored patrons on the main floor 
of the Palace are rare. And this 
one arose and left the theatre im- 
mediately after Johnson's act (No. 
3) had finished. The whole thing 
had a smack of illegitimacy and 
claque, somewhere, and if not en- 
gineered by anyone in the act was 
done by over-enthusiastic friends 
gratuitously. It put a damper on 
the whole show that followed, as 
the discussion of the unusual event 
kept the audience buzzing through 
the rest of the performance. 

Donovan and Lee had to follow. 
In fact, most of the disorder took 
place in their set. This made it 
difficult, though the respectable ele- 
ment of the house gave Miss l-.ee 
a heavy reception, largely as a pro- 
test against the rowdyism which 
had delayed her. and which made 
her start obviously nervous. She 
could scarcely be heard during her 
opening song, and quivered per- 
ceptibly. With the arrival of Jim 
Donovan, of sentimental memories, 
the house began to settle toward 
normality again, but never quite 
regained its equilibrium, and the 
comedy went in spasmodic blurts 
and bursts rather than in fluent 
streams. Donovan works as be did 
at Tony Tastor's — and some of his 
gags must be from there, too. But 
he has a warm personality. Miss 
l.ee is inclined to laugh too con- 
tinuously; if she fancies herself in 
that mood, she can heighten its ef- 
fect by doing less of it. The act 
took two bows. 

Brown and Weston, the two 
peppy, pretty, talented dancing 

e,irls, ran their Spicy routine to 
healthy takings, Dave Dryer at the 
piano acquitlng himself in keeping 
with this smart and spic-span offer- 
ing. Bert Xenncy, in hi:5 one-man 
duologue (with •'Nobody") was off 
form. For a consistent show-stopper 
he did only fairly. A dialogue with 
the orchestra leader, featuring B 
somewhat unfunny confusion be- 
tween "blues'' and booze," might be 
eliminated, as it tomes when waste 
matter is hurtful. Keimey went to 

a blues encore and took three bows. 
The Santos and Hayes Revue was 
next to closing. If Johnson re- 
mained In the house he heard an 
act, at G: 15 after a matinee that 
had an audience weary. rter\ous and 
off-key, stop a show as it should be 
stopped — nim spontaneous curtain 
calls after the final curtain. Menlo 
.Moore and Muckltn Megley, fre- 
quently admitted in this column to 
i>o vaudeville's predominantly su- 
penor producers, outdid themselves 
here. With the personalities 



well for monopedc. 

Billy Bouncer closed. It was con- 
siderably after 5 o'c|oclc and he 
was set to follow that whole bill 
under circumstances extraordinarily 
trying. Just ahead of him the 
Santos-Hayes get held it up again 
for numerous bows and a speech. 
Then ther was an excruciating 
stage-wait. Meanwhile the horde 
llo«ked out. BoUncer started to 
Kenney's partner. If he'd waited a 
more he could have 
m coming in instead 
the opening act of 
La it. 



Hon. their feature being one of the 
men taking a back leap from a high 
pedestal onto a table, landing on ids 
hands, went big. Annie Kent, as- 
sisted by a male piano player, held 
the next-tO-ClOsing spot. Miss Kent 
puts over several ehauiter songs 
With a punch line !:i every one of 
them, her best being the one about 
the plcntc, also a hick number, get- 
ting many laughs. Her offering was 
the comedy hit of the show. The 
Royal Harmony Five, three men and 
two women in costume, singing 
classical songs, closed, holding them 
In to a finish. 



EMPRESS, CHICAGO. 

Chicago, Feb. 9. 
This theatre is one of the most 
keenly managed anywhere. For a 
doaen years or mote Harry Mitchell 
kept it afloat and profitable through 
every booking vicissitude. He has 
had his pick and he has bad to 
comb the seven seas; lie has seen 
all the ups and downs and overs 



talents and lovcable ways of their 
stars as a nucleus, they combed the 
seas for glitter and gorgcousness of 
never offensive proportions but al- 
ways rieh substance, and gave to 
the industry .i m i lerpieee in si 

EUGENE COX 

SCENERY 



STATE-LAKE, CHICAGO. . 

Chicago. Feb. 9. 
A heavy bill of Chicago favorites. 
The second consecutive week for 
Kae Samuels, the first headliner— in 
fact, the first act — to ever be held 
ov» r here. Roode and Frances, rn a 
neat wire offering, started this 
week's bill with a fast shove, Roode 
doing some clever trick bicycle rid- 
ing on the tight wire. 

Tuck and Clare, with weak talk 
but strong on contortion work and 
some clever flip-flops, ooxed by the 
number two spot. "The Fall of Eve" 
hoakumed it up. probably thinking 
that the State-I,akc bunch might not 
get the humor or pathos of the light 
story. The sketch is full of laughs, 
though the studio setting, with satin 
drapes, re. ms to be overcrowded 
with unnecessary props. 

IVIiss Samuels, with some new 
songs, proved the sound reasoning 
of the booking office that she could 
easily stand the honor of a second 
week. She captivated the mob with 
her nifty songs and peppy style of 
work. She proved very accommo- 
dating, giving them song after song, 
then begged off in a little speech. 

Rose and Moon, in a classy, pre- 
tentious dancing novelty, kept up 
the fast speed of the show. Their 
singinp is so-so. but their enuncia- 
tion and delivery nf numbers was 
not hard to take. This pair snored 
bard and got the noise on exit; 
many bows. 

Kellam and O'Dare were a comedy 
riot. thr» boob character, portrayed 
by Kellam, while th~ sweet voieo 
nnd the straight work by the peacv- 
looking O'tJare was a combination 
bull's-eye for laughs. 

Harry Langdon, assisted by his 
relatives, In his super-vehici'*, closed 
the bill. Langdon has played this 
house three or four time-, but doe<? 
not prow tiresome, as he always 
seems to add some new equipment 
on r;i i> return visit. Harrv For. 
with Beatrice Curtis, nnd Jerome 
and Newell were not seen at this 
show. 

McVICKER'S, CHICAGO. 

Chicago, Pen. I. 

Flying Weavers, mm- ami woman 

I nerlalists, opened with fast teeth 

1 WOrk. Roeher and Could in a mil 

| net full of .loe Millers have a special 

drop of a race-track scene. The ncl 

Is built for the very small time nnd 

there is little, either In the working 

; of the two men or in their material, 

that would recommend them for 

anything beyond it. Beatio and 

j Blome, in ballroom dances, a spe- 

: clalty dance by the male member, n 

military too dance i>v trie g;!rl and 

; :i double for the finish, went off with 

fair returns. 

Harry Webb, In blackface, told 
several stories, using the female as 
the Rtihjpi t for hi-: panning*. \V**b'h 
opens with n parody on a po>> num- 
ber nnd closes with a ballad -duck 
soup for this house, going noisily. 
wide! Mooneyapd Capman. man and worn- 



Ask HURTIG & SEAMON 
ITS4 UODKN AVK. Phono taelej 

CHICAGO 



MO I 



nn: Capman announces In song what 
'hey are going to do, and Introduces 
Miss Moom y in the same mnnn« r, 
Tills clever team sro*s through a 
corking routine of dancing, and the 
and gracefulness of 1 1». ir team 
work stamps them n i a coming pair 
to be Watched by the bit,' producers 
The way Ihey went into their act 
belied the faci thnt Ihev *vere doing 
four froii.'vj ;1 day, and they e.isi 1 ' 
T.ioyed themselves and pleased Ihe 
audi nee. They possess irresistible 
personality and mannerisms and 
v. . nt for a "smash hit." 

The tarconlans, two men In clevi i 
ground work, tumbling and contor- 



and rock-bottoms of vaudeville. 
He has seen his drawing district 
swollen with war-time prosperity 
and he has seen it starving during 
stockyards tie-ups. Hut he has met 
every, circumstance. Now he is 
faced for the first time with heavy 
local competition, a new and pre- 
tentious vaudeville theatre supplied 
by a competitive circuit, having 
opened close by. He has risen to 
the crisis by a sudden switch of 
policy, throwing into his liou.se. at f>0 
cents* top, an all big-time bill, 
probably the most remarkable and 
costly ever played in a pop house. 
And he proposes to keep it up, with 
Bee Palmer next week and Kae 
Samuels to follow. 

Jammed to the car-tracks, the 
Knglewooders went wild Friday 
night over six Orpheum turns, head- 
ed by Sophie Tucker and her Jaatz- 
eis. The bill for the week must 
have cost upward of $3,500. Miss 
Tucker and Joe Darcy, the second 
feature, play^ 1 the full week. 

It is scarcely necessary to review 
Miss Tucker again in this column; 
her vCord-breaking tour of Chicago 
theatres, whose records she is break- 
ing, has been a succession of tri- 
umphal receptions, shamelessly 
tumultuous audiences and violently 
vociferous encores. The Empress 
outlit always was hearty — for Sophie 
they made the chandeliers dance. 
She "broke in" two new numbers. 
But what matters? Everything ran 
riotously. She was cheered like 
Pershing. And she talked back to 
her lans in their own language — 
that easy lingo of good fellowship 
ari^4-platn United States. 

Joe Darcy scored probably the 
biggest one-man hit In the history 
of this theatre. Next-to-closing, 
this serious songster in blackface 
did 2'J minutes, with the common 
people storming for more. Darcy 
has a powerful yet sympathetic 
voice, deep, mellow, melodious. He 
puts his every fibre behind a lyric 
and his panting soul into a quaver. 
He has a touch for. comedy and is a 
wizard wiih a.i audience, equaled 
probably by Eddie Leonard alono at 
the system (it's professionally 
known as "showmanship") of mak- 
ing the patrons think they are beg- 
King him to do more. They certainly 
begged. He left them exhausted — 
meaning he was and the audience 
was. He will never be forgotten 
around those corners. 

Kennedy and RoOIiey, one of the 
oldest but one of ihe surest bing- 
bang comedy acts', drew the doubl) 
haul spot of closing and following 
Tucker and Darcy. They gave the 
mob all they had from both barrels 
and laid them low. What Tucker 
had been in enthusiasm and enter- 

1 i uiment, and what Darcy had been 
in impresslveness and appeal, Ken- 
ii' dy and Kooney succeeded in be- 
ing in guffaws and screams of hys- 
terical laughter. Preceding the 
headliner, Kane and Herman had, by 
the way, slapped in a show -stopper 
with their neat and nifty two-man 
patter and harmonics, holding the 
house in their bands every moment 
and going to two encores and u 
speech. "Watiska and Understudy, a 
seal act that eari safely match any 
opening act in the business for 
laughs and speed, had opened and 
« nl in a knockout. 
Harry Mit hell's idea at Ihe Ian- 
press — and its instantaneous suc- 
cess is the proof of the oft-reiter- 
ated argument that Chicago is 
ready for big-time vaudeville in 
principal neighborhood Spots, which 
it has never had. Instead of huild- 
i#ig No. 2 houses in remote burgs', 
the Orpheum might well consider 
establishing a few Riversides, Co- 
lonials, l{a:ni)tons and Alhambras s:' 
Chicago's "uptown" cross-roads of 
residence and commerce. Lait. 



CHATEAU, CHICAGO. 

Chicago, Feb. ». 

Good show as Pantages vaudeville 
goes. Curl McCullough (New Acts) 
stood out as the class and quality of 
the bill. 

The Cabberts opened, a man and 
woman balancing, somersaulting 
and tumbling on a nickel -plated ap- 
IKiratus of steps and a perch. Went 
swiftly and closed well. Page and 
Cray, a tall woman with striking 
personality, a fashionable llgure and 
aggressive technique, assisted by a 
man of extreme "nut" methods. The 
starting dialogue was fair. The 
man's monologue went on and on 
and got little. The woman returned 
;;i a dr/.zy cordage of brilliants, very 
becoming, and played a solo on the 
French horn. It was well done. Hut 
the man entered on this, the first 
showing of real merit in the act, to 
interrupt with a feeble wheeze— -a 
"local."* Then there was back -and - 
forth chatter, some of it worth while, 
leading to A ilat exit. The turn 
needs material badly, and the man 
should let his partner alono when 
she blows in that wonderful horn, 
which, by the way, she might re- 
vive for the linish, as it will win her 
a sure applause getaway. 

Hteed's Syncopal ed Sextette, a hot 
jazz band featuring a saxaphone 
balladier, and two singing-dancing 
principals, the whole set in silk 
hanging; a turn ideal for the small 
big time. The girl, a tall and agile 
creature with a pleasant voice and 
athletic figure, looks like Anna May 
Hell, remembered here in Menlo 
Moore and Boyle Woolfolk acts, ti 
it is she, she has grown and de- 
veloped. The man is Kalph Hert- 
lein, recently nt the Edelweiss Car- 
dens, lie is a snappy eccentric 
dancer, but not so convincing as a 
biues singer. The two danced off a 
catchy finale, with the girl in a cute 
panties suit, and the whole turn 
went as a meritorious hit. fMcCul- 
lough followed. 

"Little Cinderella'' opened in 
"one," before a phony-looking rural 
drop, with the juvenile dressed in a 
green coat and gray trousers and 
purple cravat and the Ingenue try- 
ing to look like Mary Piekford. It 
was kidded. Into full stage with the 
chorus on, the turn brought on Eva 
La Uue, a low comedienne who got 
some of her stuff over despite neg- 
ligible support and despite too many 
bromidic puns. The ingenue re- 
turned and wailed a song about 
Cinderella. A costume number with 
a fashion parade flashed loud and 
inartistic gowns. In all a typical 
Pantages "girl act," lacking talent 
except as to Miss La Rue, with a 
tin -can 'book" and produced with 
an e. e on Butte. Mont. J.ait. 



"HONOLULU" SHOW $9,000 

H. McK. Barnes Musical Production 
In Chicago. 






Chicago, Feb', 9, 
"A Night in Honolulu," a Howard 
McKent Barnes production, Whlci. 
has broken records in the "sticks'* 
for the last three years, got u track 
at city time two weeks ago playing 
the Victoria and the Impel ia I. where 
they succeeded In hanging up a few 
more house records. A little better 
than $8,000 was done at the Victoria, 
while $9,000 was grossed at the Im- 
perial at $1.50 top. 



JACK FOX GETS $750. 

"Little Cafe" Cass Settled and 
Per Cent Held Legal. 



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Chicago, l\b 9. 

The case of Jack Fox, agent, 
against Wilbur Cushman ("The 
Little Cafe") which act Fox at- 
tached at the Hippodrome on a 
claim of $1,800 lor commission at 
7 Vis per cent, as a result of which 
he was invited to stay out of the 
Pantages office, was settled in court 
for $750. Fox's contract was held 
valid at law. 

The V. M. P. A. supplied Cush- 
man's attorney, and James O'Neal, 
Pantages manager here, testified in 
the defendant's behalf. Adolph 
Marks represented Fox. 



CHORUS, CO-RESPONDENT 

Mrs. Banister Alleges H«r Hubby 
Ovsrlooksd None. 



Chicago, Feb. 9. 
Mrs. Billy Banister, testifying in 
a divorce suit against her husband, 
a musical comedy actor, charged 
him with infidelity with her maid, 
with a woman named "Diamond 
Min." and with "the whole chorus of 
the show he was with in 1919. " She 
swore Banister had confessed to her 
about the entire chorus of the show. 



1 "Passing 



CAFE SHOW TIED UP. 

by Chi- 



Revus" Stripped 
csgo Sheriff. 



Chicago, Feb. I. 

"The Patsing Revue," the popular 
entertainment at the Marigold Gar- 
dens, was attached Monday on a I 
claim transferred to a local at tor- I 
ney by an eastern cost inner, who 
alleges that one Bouchlet gave bun 
two checks on account which came 
back marked "Insufficient funds." 

Ernie Young, who bad engage >\ 
the. revue as it stood, without any 
responsibility in its financing or 
organising, was left without a show. 

but hastily dug up costumes at local 

sources for the chorus and gave a 
pretty fair * performance Monday j 

The costumes, however, bad b< • n 
the feature of the revue .is an 
attraction* 



BRYANT IN VAUDEVILLE 

• Chicago, Feb D. 

T. ester Bryant, lessee of the Play- 
house and Studebaker, proved his 
versatility by grabbing off th^ Har- 
den, an 1,100 seating capacity vaude- 
ville house in the outlying district 
last week, and then jumping to 
Anderson, lnd., where he leased the 
(band thratre. 

The Garden will use a feature film 
and five acts of vaudeville supplied 
by the W, V. If. A., while Urn Grand 
will play Western B. F. Keith acts. 



P. D. Q.— Ii S. F. 

Pseudo 'Ellison'' Spends Wad, 
Checks Come Back. 



But 



FKED MANN'S 

RAINBO GARDENS" 

CI ARK AT I AWKENCE. CH.CAOO 

THE ORICINAL^-RAINBO ORCHESTRA 

CONTINUOUS 'DANCING AND VAUDEVILLE 



Chleago.'Feb. 0. 

young man holding himself 



Kllison of Pease and 



A 

foi th as "Mr 

Kllison. New York brokers," cat a 
BWath lure with a four-roam sdlte 
at the Drake and as an entertainer, 
of show folk. Wo spent $800 in cur- 
rency to have an extra performanc 
of Brnle Young's review pul on 
aft< r hours at the Marigold. Then 
Ik' left town. A numb r of N. G 
checks signed •"Kllivon'' came back. 
T< legraphle inquiry to N< w Vork 
brought the answer that Mr. Kllison 
had not been out of towrt 111 five 
j eai s. 



TEARNEY AFTER EDELWEIS 

Chicago, Feb. 9. 

Negotiations have been entered 

Into between Al Tearney, proprietor 

of the Auto Inn. for the leasing of 

the obi Kdehveis Cardens. If the 

transaction goes through, Tearney 
will raise the old Winter Garden 

Building and erect a larger garden 
to be dedicated to King Jasz. An 
elaborate vaudeville program will be 
nsrd as < w\> rtaihnru nt. 

Terrace 
Gar den 

4 

CHICAGO 9 M0S1 SfAUllFUL 
RESTAUHANT-THEATSE. 

Booking High Class 
Refined Attractions 

00UBLE8 — TRIOS — QUARTETTES. Et«. 

Ait ni ist t>t rrflfifd tnd meantrt up to I 
itPtnlard wlilcb will b« at>i<rerUted by ■ L.» h'.ghcftl 
-U*» of patronac*. 

If rovii art mrri> wltb th« requirrirenta atott, 
•ftnununtraM and ttfttr full pir'J :il.-. '» to f'REA 
HURtfV. £ta|« Otrt.tor 



C0NLEYS IN DIVORCE 

Etta Conley Sued by Harry, Service 
Through Publication. 

Chi. ago, Feb. 0. 

Harry J. Conley, vaudeville 
comedian, entered suit for dlvoree 
here rt gainst Etta Conley, who was 
tor many years his partner In **Ai 
■ i" < 'r<» isroads." 

gervlee is being sought on Mrs, 
Conley by publication, the rase bi Ing 

• f lor March 7. 

Conley is now pla.ving In ''Rice 
'ami Old Shoes/ 1 wi'h Naomi Ibiy. 



AN0THEK TTTCKER FAREWELL. 

Chicago. 1-Yh. ». 

r.v an eleventh* hour arrange' 
mint, Sophie Tucker will wind tip 
her unique local vaudeville tour 
with a "farewell" nsturn we< k at lie 
Majesfic, beginning Feb, 28. For 
this Sfie postponed her re-di-but «'« I 

Kerscnweber's, .Ww York, 10 

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(iuy Price, the dramatic genius 
of the Los Angeles "Herald," and 
will known to professionals, Is the 
father of an infant boy, and claims 
to be as proud of the kid as any 
father on the coast. Noting the 
advent of a male addition to the 
family of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Block, 
of New York, Price wrote Block a 
letter. The missive was aimed to 
oongrr>.tuii»'» the new daddy, but 
turned out to be a challenge on the 
part of Price, the contest to occur 
some time in the future and to be I 
of the gentle art of fisticuffs. Price ' 
is strong for the "native son" idea, i 
as this letter indicates: 

IjOs Angele , Jan. 1\, 1921. 
Dear Fred: 

Herewith a clipping of your "ad," 
Which appealed in today's "Herald." 



Mrs. BloCk, too, and to the young 
hopeful. 

in behalf of Guy HMwnrd Price, | 
now aged i<» months, i issue this 

challenge: 

For the lightweight championship 



Former A. E. A. Agent in with 
Colored Concern. 

Chicago, Feb. 9. 
j Marcus Keyes* published plans 
arc ' to the effect that he resigned 
from the A. K. A. management in 
Chicago to become chairman of the 
Board of Direr tors of the Cinema 
Corporation. The Cinema Corpora- j 
tion, he announces, is to take many , 
two-real comedy features, part of j 
the proceeds and part of the players' 
salaries to go toward building an 
actors' clubhouse, to which cause he - 
also dedicated an A. EL A. benefit a ' 
year ago, the proceeds of which 
have never been publicly accounted 
for. and the result of which has 
never manifested ltseli". 

Inquiry of the ItTinoif? Secretary 
01 State showed that no Cinema 
Corporation certificate had been 
filed there, either as all niinois or* 
foreign corporation. Inquiry at 
every studio in town where films 
.,, e -^hot" with white, companies 
brought the unanimous answer that of JLos Angeles and. Vonkers, the 

following rubs to govern the con-' 

test; 

Tim<> Any old, 

Place -Si me. 

Kefcr«'0— Jacquin Lait and JSime 
Silverman. 

Timekeeper— Jake Rosenthal. 

Warning - There shall be n<» hit 
ting below the diaper, Kiting in the' 
clinches positively barred. This is 
a distinct disadvantage to the. dial- ; 
linger in view of bis superior gum 
work. 

Handicap— Guy Price, Jr., agrees 
to "spot" Kid Block one safety pin ; 

to offset advantage of weight. 

Otherwise George Kingsbury rules 
Will prevail. 

Vou probably feel pretty up- 
stag*', old sport, but dent overlook 
the faet that there are others just 
as good as you ut hetv on the 
coast. Climate doeim't happen to 
bo our sole attribute. Hut at that, 
only a few of us left who can de- 
liver marvels of the male sex. 

With best regards to yourself and 
the gang, again our felicitations to 
Mrs. Block and a big. rousing wish 



tory to me because one of them is 
known to be a crook, and the other. 

because of his close association with 
you, is certainly under suspicion. 

Second: Jack Rosenthal, as the 
time -keeper, at one time had the 
reputation of being a one- night - 
stand pathfinder, but since prohibi- 
tion went into effect he has been 
under revenue surveillance and, as 
a matter of fact, at the present 
moment he Is manager of "The 
Tavern." which strikes me as only 
a Blue Haw name for a saloon. This 
organization referred to opened in 
Chicago on Tuesday. February 1. . 

Third: I have good and sufficient 
reasons for objecting to Geo. Kings- 
bury rules. The reasons for this 



denied Pr. Emanuel Lasker< German 

» he.-s wizard, the right to Stop in the 

i '. s. en route to Havana, i^is re- 

Seillded its order and he will be per- 
mitted to spend a short time here 

before he goes to meet Capablanea, 
the Cuban marvel, for the world's 
championship. Jn Cuba they win 
i>< t hundreds of thousands on Capa- 
blanea and probably give odds when 
the matches begin March 10. 

Assemblyman Nathan Liberman 
Of New Yoik has Introduced n bill 
at Albany to have wrestling put un- 
der control oi the Htate Boxing 

Commission. 

Governor John If. Parker of 
Louisiana delivered an ultimatum 
to the horsemen at New Orleans 
which resulted in a sudden closing 



lonij s nee b* 



are obvious, to say- 
fact that they have 
come obsolete. 

"When these mutter, are straight - 



nothing of the of entries for the Jefferson 



Congratulations! That goes for | ♦ned out to my entire satisfaction, 



no arrangements had been made for 
any Cinema Corporation. K eyes' 
working ground was finally found -, 
at the Ebony Film Studios, a local 
colored orguuization. . 

Keyes is making his offices, called 
the "Executive Oftieut* of tun -Hoard 
of Directors of the Cinema Corpora- 
tion," with J. Luther Pollard, col- 
ored, head of the Ebony. 



I will be glad to consider the chal 
lenge and wish to state that you 
had better reserve your safety pin. 
which you ottered as an allowance, 
for the bandage necessary when Kid j 
Ibock lands ope of his solar plexus 
blows on the pacific Coast Wonder..] 
I am perfectly confident that after] 
the mill the K. Q, will be 
Price instead of before it. 1 



Park 
spring meeting and caused many I 
owners, trainers and jockeys to 
make ready for a trip to Havana 
with the end of the Fair Orounds 
meeting. The Governor told Hill 
Howe, a native I.ouisianinn and 
spokesman for the horsemen, that 
if any attempt Were made to open 
at Jefferson he hot only would close 
the track, but would withdraw his 
support from racing and let the 
after lantis go the limit in their efforts to 
have I kill the winter game in the Crescent 



every reason to believe that this 
young champion of mine has no 
equal. He is well groomodi ke>f»t on 

I healthful diet, and his morals are 
. above reproach. This. In connection 



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City. Parker, himself a breeder of 
line stock and a good sportsman, 
put himself on record fur clean 
racing at a "showdown" meeting 

with the excellent stock from which ! h<,fo,<> »*■*»* elected to office in 
-e sprang, gives me ample assur. U*tuianr. it*. He sa,,i he was for 
ailCC that he will soon be able tO rae»»» undominated by politics and 
go out Of his weight classification, that he would support it as long as 
At ** : 4 - r , this morning his bed-side i it is on the level. 



culosls, believes that 'Big Six" will 
oventuall) throw off all effects of 

the dreaded malady, although the 
process of recuperation will bo a 
long one. Christy has received thou- 
sands- of letters and telegrams wish- 
ing him success hi his desperate 
Tight. 

Btrangler Lewis' headlock, Joe 

Stechcr's body HclsSOTS and other 
dangerous wresting holds are 
barred under the terms of a bill in- 
troduced last week at Albany by 

Assemblyman Arthur L. Brundagd 

of Newburgh. The bill provides 
that proprietors or lessee! of any 
place where wrestling bouts are 
Staged who permit any strangle 
hold, headlock, toe hold or body 
scissors, and any person who takes 
or attempts to take any such hold 
while engaged in a Wrestling bout, 
public or private* Is guilty of a mis- 
demeanor, and upon conviction Is 
punishable by a fine of not less than 
$100, or more than $L'50. or by im- 
prisonment of not less than one 
month, or more than six, or by tsnh 
fine and imprisonment. Mr. Poun- 
dage, who is a former service man, 
said that he introduced the measure 
because of the storm of opposition 
to the headlock hold of the cham- 
pion, which paralysed s tocher, 
Daviseout and Zyhyazko. The 
chances of the bill passing are prob- 
lematical. 



RAE SAMUELS HELD OVER 

First Act in History of the State- 
Lake. 

Chicago, Feb. I, 

For th<> first time in the history 
of the State -T^ike an act eras tins 
we'k held over for a second week. 

The honor fell to Ftye Samuels, 
who. appearing In the strongest 
routine of songs she has ever em- 
ployed here, scored a heavy hit at 
the huge theatre. 

I. A. T. S. E., No. 2, NET $11,265 

Chicago, Feb. 9. 

The U A. T. S. tt„ Local No. fc 
gave out some interesting figures 



for a happy and prosperous now j tainly, "Like father, like son. 



Weight was twelve pounds seven 
ounces. Should there be any anx- 
iety on your part as to the accept- 
ance of this challenge, you might 
bring the challenger east and 1 Willi 
be Very glad to meet you In con- j 
ference at our office, the Friars Club | 
or Madison Square Garden, as you 
may elect. I would be delighted to 
bring the Kid out to Los Angeles 
but for the fact that his trainer Is 
not yet able to leave the city. 

In conclusion I might add that, 
irrespective of any of the foregoing 
statements, this boy Is 1UU per cent, 
better looking than K. O. Price, and 
I have not seen K. O. Price either, i 

But I know his father and 1 also The Boxing Commission last week 
have a mirror at home. and. as you > lifted the suspension of the Pioneer 
know, after all, heredity will tell, Sporting Club, which has been on 
and in this particular case it is err- 8mot . the bout between Packy 



Jefferson Park has been a track 
where "those things" wen- frequent 
in the past and Parker is COT a gen- 
eral house-cleaning. 

The racing people think they cbuTd 
win on a legal test, but thought dis- 
cretion the better part of valor in 
this instance because Parker is a 
mean enemy and. while they might 
win as the law stands, they would 
put him on the other side of the 
feiic and a law abolishing racing 
in the Pelican State would be the 
almost certain result of his change. 



Bill P.rennan, of Chicago, gained 
a technical knockout over Ai Bene* 
diet, of BvOOklysj, in the sixth round 
of a scheduled 1">- round bout at 
Syracuse last .Friday night. The 
referee stopped the contest to save 
Benedict from further punishment, 
lienediet scored a knockdown on 
Brennan in the fifth round 



After its annual ball: J.s,s65 was J year, I remain, 
realized from the ticket sale— pro- 
gram advertising netted $S. 600. •while 
concessions such as soft drinks. 
Bowers and checking netted $800; 
$7,000 was the cost of the evening's 
entertainment, which leaves the 
treasury 111,248 for the stay* hands' 
sick fund. 



Quit Price. 
Ulock, who knows something 
about the "native son" claims from 
the Golden West, came back with 
this: 

Xew York. Feb. 

Subject: Challenge of K. 
to Kid Block, 



2, 1921. 
(>. Price 



1 should like to hear from 
further on any point, whether you 
consider it delicate or otherwise. 

With best Wishes, f am, 
Very truly yours, 

Fred mock. 
City Price, "The Jealous One." 



Price. 



AGENTS IN CHICAGO. 

Chicago, Feb. 9. 

Lou Cantor was very busy in 
Chicago bust week, booking numer- 
ous turns on play-or-piy ranging 
from i-'4 to 3'J weeks. 

There was a confusion of New 
York agents about, with Jack Curtis. 
Harry Weber, Harry Fitzgerald and 
Billy Urady here. 



Girls in Battle 

Chicago, Feb. %, 

i>oris Gray, a vaudeville diver, nutl 
Pearl Miller, employed by ;i phot,:, 
rspher fn the Btftte-XAke Building, 

Staged a fist fight and hairpulling 
Watch In a cafe which ended in their 
"rrest in front of Cohan's Grand 
Opera House. 






Special Ulric Matinee. 
jf Chicago, Feb. ft, 

Contstogg & C' st announce a I 
■peeial matinee of '"Mecca*' for 
Thursday to Lenore I'lric, star of 
'The Son -Daughter.'' 

The public will be admitted .. 
regular prices. 

Tailoring 
for 

Women 

the stage 

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M 1800 
Chi cago. III. 

Phone Central 8689 

Cater, ng to the 
Profession 

21 No. Clark St. 
CHICAGO 



To ouy 

l.os Angeles Herald, 
Lot Angeles, Cal. 
My dear (Iny: 
Your challenge received Ibid 

morning for a meeting of your 
'young hopeful'' with my sturdy 
young fighter. P.ofore there is any 
definite acceptance of this chal- 
lenge, however, there are several 
points that are worthy of considera- 
tion, and it Would be necessary for 
some rather tall explanations. My 
principal objections are as follows: 
Fit >t : The IWO men you name as 
rofert.ee would hardly be satisfae- 

Playhouse Manager Pro Tern. 
Chicago, Feb. !>. 
1 >or Storm, formerly of the Vic- 
toria Four, was made manager of 
the Playhouse to officiate In the 
absence of Leuter Bryant, Storm re- 
places John r.illshury. who takes 
over the management of the Garden. 
Killsbury s/as also formerly t con- 
nected with the Victoria Four. 




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Showmen's League, Hosts. 

Chicago, Feb. !>. 

The Showmen's League of America 
will entertain ihe State Fair elec- 
i*t arics, who will l-e gathered here. 
aii.i v siting art Ists ..ml theati < 
folk, at a dance and huff el luncheon 
in the Tiger Room «>f Hot. I Sher- 
man, "ii i l»»* e\ cntng of I*. I> 17. 

A general invitation to the prof< 
sioti In extended g 

Courtney* Carry Orchestra 

Chicago, Feb. !♦. 
Courtney Sisters, h cently reunited 
■ •pen Monday a1 Fori Wayne with 
|{enson*s L'ltra Orchi tra, » non- 
lass hand, being a vaudeville rl< 
; . run". The ne ii wear nrrisl 
tunics and play softly; 
The hotiw or.ln are «i 

penned u it Ii en J if--! \ ^^^^ 



W. O. ("BUD McOeehan, sporting 
editor of the Tribune and specialist 
on baseball, boxing, and "Izzy Kap- 
lan," has boon lifted from the chair 
i in Which be succeeded Heywood 
Broun and made managing editor of 
' the New York Tribune. Wherefore 
I there is much joy among sporting 
, folk, because 'Bill,'' who is a good 
two-fisted guy himself, has always 
been a battler for square sporting 
j events. 

The selection «>f McOeehan for the 
Job of editorial chief uf the Trlb 
I was a surprise on 1'ark Bow. where 
there had been much speculation 
Hlnee the death in November of 
Ceorge Smith, as to Mr. Smith's' 
successor. Several strong men, in- 
cluding Hood M.K Farland, city edi- 
tor ol the Tribune, and Randolph 
', Marshall, editor of she Philadelphia 
! Public Ledger, are said to have been 

under consideration for the place. 

Johnny Conlon has been "lifted" 
.Mid al-o has !et out a holler about 
it, The former l.antam king, who 

has been defying Ruropc's Htrong 
men to move him from the ground, 
was f«d lowed from one theatrj to 
another In Switzerland by Maurice 
i).;ii/.. Swiss wrestling champion. 
Derlasc was chagrined because 

. 1. limine to he the king Of litters in I 
ICutopc, had t illed to ptu«li over i 
Johnny In .< test. Finally He ni Ined ' 
the little American off his fei , an-i 
proclaimed loudly. But Johnny pro 
tuned ri'Uitn an bolsterounb ti< . 
I », , ; » ■ h ol succi ed< t hrough eh )a 
lion of the rules ol the test. And ' 
\\,~ I. . ,oi. o iii I'd I,. •• ,i i ||. .| hi 



O'Qatty and Boy Moo.e. bantam- 
yOU i weights, at the club January II, At 
the same time the commission sus- 
pended O'Qatty, Jimmy Twyford, 
his manageri and im Pollack, the 
referee, for three months. The bout 
ended in the third round in the 
midst of a riotous scene, Commis- 
sioner Waiter Hookc and Secretary 
Charley White, who were eye-wit- 
nesses, held O'Qatty and his man- 
ager responsible for the trouble. 
O'Qetty's followers so Intimidated 
Pollack that he awarded the fight 
to their favorite on a foul. The next 
j day the commission reversed the 
decision and declared it 'no con- 
test." A large number of Inquiries 
were received asking how bets were 
to he nettled. I'nder London and 
Qite.nsherry rules the decision of 
the referee Is Irrevocable, but under 
the Walker Law the commission haii 
i power to change the ruling of n 
* referee. The "no contest" decision 
was tantamount to a draw 
and bets are off. Pollack 
down foi ' Inefficiency." 



Fred Fulton was given o boxer's 
license at a meeting of the New 
York State Boxing Commission last 
week. Before issuing the license, 
the commission gave the Minnesota 
plasterer a hearing on bis alleged 
"fixed tight" with Jack Dempaey and 
exonerated him. Fulton expects to 
meet lfarry Wills in Boston within 
the next few weeks. 



decision 

WOi set 



Present indications are that 

Christy MathewsOSJ will linally be 

victorious In his long struggle with 
tuberculosis, lie has been at the 

point of death three or four times, 
the last time about a month a^o, 
but he Is now on the mend. Bast 
week lie was propped up in a chair 
on ihe veranda of his cottage at 

S.uanac Laic-, X. Y., and basked in 
the sim 'nine, although the temper- 
ature was about no degrees below 
sero. liis physician, l>r. F. N. 
Packard, faptous expert On* tnber- 



Htate Senator Kav uimukIi of 
N'ewburgh, N. Y., has introduced u 
bill making it a felony for a pro- 
fessional •baseball player to accept 
a bribe with intent to "throw" a 
game, and fixing the penalty nt no 
more than five years in prison or a 
tine of not more than $10,000. The 
measure has been road twice ami is 
now in the hands of the Commit*. ••• 
OP Codes, It is in the form of an 
amendment to the Penal Law. 



The New York Legislature teems 

to be devoting an immense amount 
of tune and effort to the puritle i - 
tion of sports by fire. Assembly- 
man Brundage of Newburgh, i. is 
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Friday, February 11, 1921 



I 



HASTINGS' 1EWP1E DOLLS" 
ORDERED OFF BY AMERICAN 



Franchise Revoked, for Failing to Maintain Stand- 
ard — Will Finish Out Season — Other American 
Shows in Danger. 



Harry Hastings' "Kewple Poll*" 
show will not be on the American 
wheel next seamen. The franchise 
on which Hastings operated the 
show was revoked this week by the 
American Burlesque Association* 
"Kowpie Dolls" Will play ont the 
balance of the season, with the ex- 
cepts n of the final week, April 18. 
Mr. Hastings, as far as? known, will 
retain his "Rassle Dazzle" franchise 
on the American next season He 
also has the Harry Hastings' Show 
on the Columbia circuit. 

At American headquarters if was 

stated Hastings' "KewpiC Dolls" 
franchise was cancelled as the show 
was not tip to American wheel 
standard. The Hastings revocation, 
it was announced, is but the fore- 
runner of several other American 
wheel shows that will be order* 1 
out, and the franchises of the pro- 
ducers operating them revoked. 

Action is to be tak< n on the be- 
low-standard 9hows in question 
within the week by the American 
officials. The American instituted 
a form of secret censorship and re- 
porting on its shows a couple of 
months ago. Through this method 
the A. R. A. has been enabled to 
check up on a show throughout its 
trip over the circuit, and if reported 
poor in any given city and ordered 
tr improve in the next stand, the 
American has had the means at 
hand to see whether its orders were 
obeyed. This has prevailed to a 
small extent in previous seasons, 
but the checking up system has been 
developed and broadened In Its 
scope this season, so that a com- 
plete tab has been kept on every 
show on the circuit since the sea- 
son -opened,. 

At the time of announcing the 
secret reporting system on the 
American shows I. H. Herk stated 
sny show not keeping up to the 
standard all season would be in 
danger of losing Its franchise. 



MOLLIE WILLIAMS. 



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JJ«»JllS WilUnmn Vo-lio Williams 

H'-Im Hunt. tl. .ny LouiSS WnnM'ar'on 

annbt Art.ot Jan.< West 

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Mollie Williams always brings a 
show around every year n little dif- 
ferent from the other Wheel offer- 
ings. This year's attraction the nur- 
n nt Columbia Theatre bill, is an un- 
usual burlesque show. it has a 
wealth of variety and lavish dress- 
ing and is framed more along the 
lines of a musical revue than any- 
thing else, although it docs not by 
any means lose its burlesque flavor. 
There are a few slow spots in the 
eomedy layout, but these come early 
In the proceedings and the lively fun 
of the biter scenes makes up for the 
lack of fast laughing material at the 
opening. The audience liked the 
first eomedy bit. but It was hardly 
in a legitimate splrU of burlesque. 
A count showed not less than a 
dozen pistol shots, used in a deter- 
mined effort to get laughs by means 
of noise and the roughest kind of 
horseplay. There was no occasion 
for this because the comedians later 
on showed a distinct knack for 
quieter and mote effective comedy. 
Small defects ruch as the noisy 
preliminaries were amply balanced 
by the presence of Miss Williams 
b< :s< If. Mollie in tights is worth the 
top of the box olllce scale at any 
time. She is even more generous in 
her '1- '•'" ires or plump lines and 
nn'v»M llifiii (vir. One of h< j- *vpg,-v 

tumes near rue • -nd of th« evening 
was a s>rt of union suit with a wired 
basket-like affair of spangled net 
hanging from the shoulders, con- 
cealing Miss Williams partly but in 
n tricky way that revealed more 
than it concealed of the star's opu- 
lent proportions. Her talk was 
funny without a trace of crudity, 
and all of it in good taste, although 
it was flavored with n hint of spice 
from lime to time. This is true of 
the w hole show. 

Mi^s Willi. mis does not appear un- 
til the second act, her entranec l>eing 
ttj a 20 minute straight dramatic 
sketch. Th" value of Introducing 
this kind of nn interlu Is Is question- 
able in the middle of .-in extrava- 
ganza. It is out of the burlesque 
atmosphere and mood and at the 
Colmnmbia Monday night undoubt- 
idly brought a letdown. It Is so 
intensely dramatic .'in. I the rest ol 
the show is so boisterously burh sqiis 
that the playlet is decidedly a check 



in the running. The sketch is a 
robust affair, not too convincing in 
the playing by Miss Williams and 
her two men in support. It deals 
with a wild melodramatic Incident in 
the frozen north, when a dance hall 
girl tracks down the murderer of 
her lover and shoots him after 
woodling a confession out of him. 

The Wheel star does so mueh bet- 
ter with her costume displays and 
her brassy, chatty way with her au- 
diences, she makes a mistake in try- 
ing for blood and thunder drama. 

The show is in two acts and seven 
scenes, and. like a revue, none of 
the scenes is related even distantly 
to any of the others. It is just suc- 
cession of bits, specialty and 
numbers. There were three 

comedy bits by the men come- 
dians, each complete in Itself. 
The best of the lot was the 
interval in "one," with C\'. i'lunkett 
doing a lazy darky, and Teddy M> - 
Namara a "souse." Plunkett's negro 
characterisation is modeled on that 
of Hert Williams, and he does ifrex- 
ceedingly well. Some of his quiet 
humor in the street scene was splen- 
did legitimate comedy. The same 
was true of his other contributions 
to the show with the exception of 
that fearsomely rough and tumble 
early passage mentioned before. 
Here he resorted to a blackface 
"nance" character that is unworthy 
of so clever a funmaker. However, 
he did not offend again in this direc- 
tion and the early lapse was for- 
givable. 

Billy Furcolla did a variety of 
characters of which his best was an 
Italian, genuinely funny in the 
street scene with riunkett, but for 
the rest lacking in real characteriza- 
tion. MeNamara makes an amusing 
eccentric with a funny giggle and 
absurd mannerisms that win laughs. 

The final scene is the big flash of 
an exceptionally well-dresse<l and 
mounted show. It purports to be a 
| satire on the fashionable midnight 
roof shows and ha-s some very pretty 
dressing and settings. The stage is 
set in soft drapes of soft tones be- 
tween red and pink, with a gold drop 
setting off the back center, where 
Miss Williams retires, and hidden by 
a ring of chorus girls, makes three 
bewildering changes of costumes al- 
most in sight of the audience. 

The eighteen girls are an excep- 
tionally good looking lot. Miss Wil- 
liams always does seem to secure a 
lively lot without a trace of the 
hardened "regular." The choristers 
appear a pair at a time, garbed as 
varieties of candy, and deliver a 
short recitation accompanied with 
amusing kidding from Miss Williams. 
While this is the high spot of elabor- 
ate costuming, the whole show is 
lavishly dressed. 

Aside from Miss Williams the 
women principals did not figure 
prominently. Jane West led a group 
of numbers, but her appearances 
were few. Kvelyn Ramsey *.vas a 
plump soubret who could dance in 
spite of her buxom figure, while 
Louise Worthington was the other 
extreme of slim. She also confined 
herself to leading two or three num- 
bers with an agreeable voice, but no 
knack of approaching a burlesque 
crowd. fttftft. 



JACK McAULIFFE, SPECIAL 



Amtricnn Wheel Engages Former 
Lightweight Champion. 



Jack McAuliffe, former champion 
pugilist, now appearing in vaude- 
ville, has been signed by the Amer- 
ican Burlesque Circuit as an added 
attraction for some shows. 

McAuliffe may open at the Star, 
Brooklyn wi:h a Eiurtig & Scamon 
show the week of Feb i!l. it is 
planned to use him on fit her the 
Columbia or the American Circuit 
wherever possible. His specialty 
is preceded b> pictures showing Mc- 
Auliffe boxing with Carpentier and 
Dempsey in turn followed by ; 
reproduction of his famous battle in 
London with Carney, the English 
cham] 'on 

Marions on Vacation. 

Dave Marion and Mrs. Marion 
\. ins Reehler) left New York 
Monday f«>r B month's vacation at 
Hot SprlngS,Ar,k. While away Marion 
will write mxt season's books for 
own Columbia wheel show and 
' tat <>f "Snappy Snaps," which he 
will operatt for Drew & Campbell. 



RECORD BREAKERS. 

THK PJ.AYEJtS 

f.ift!«' Venus Habel n<> 

Virginia Dart ruui.u.- Ha < 

Nanette \s i!h«.h J..*...- Wvm 

I'Hiifv Blossom • •Ginlly Kfiier 

J.rvi !,« vi i. .ski J.nk Van 

Count l>u lVnny Moiihaui 11.11 

Si.ij;.' Munag'-i ami Willi* Alahuiiev 

Bart iiaii 

(loorge Wiikji Tom Anderson 

K.ti.u Wallop Tina Htala] 

S;«tK'' Ktnir Kcapef Bob Uirar.l 

Miko Malxniey Jack lli-nl 

iiuri shvis Carl Keller 

If they keep them coming to the 
Olympic Tuesday nights in the name 
Increasing waves the amateurs have 
stall d, they will soon have to 

transfer the affairs to Madison 
Square < Sardcn. 

Charles Dillingham and a party in 
a i>ox divided attention with Pier- 
tina. the wrestler, later introduced 
from the stage. Plestina will appear 

at the home in a bout Friday night 

which is wrestling night. 

Dillingham may pick on "Down in 
the i las House District," written by 
one of the neighborhood Berlins 
while in stir, or Broadway attrac- 
tions may he in for another throw 
back to the days of the bladder, for 

the house "wrecking" crew worked 
overtime with the bladders Tuesday 
night, 

Jack field's "Record Breakers 4 ' 
was the regular burlesque attraction 
and found much favor with the 
Capacity crowd. Much credit for that 
is due the 16 choristers who wear 
unusually diaphanous draperies in 
several of the numbers, one a sil- 
houette affair with the girls stand- 
ing on illuminated staircases clad 
in tlimsy nighties. The bunch veiled 
their approval. 

Also the show harbors the Josh 
Willard of burlesque in a chorus 
girl of enormous proportions who 
marly started a small riot with me 
or two brief shimmey movements. 

Mr Heid is the principal funmaker 
and turns in an experienced per- 
formance, having a clear knowledge 
of what they like and feeding it to 
them in large luscious doses/ 

Jack Van bandies a Hebrew role 
•acceptably, Bert Hall a Count and 
Tim Mealy an Irish character of the 
Harrigan and Hart type. Healy also 
shakes a mean hoof in a couple of 
Irish reels and spread a rich brogue 
over his*~scenes to good advantage 
The women were Josie West as 
the soubret, an average wheel per- 
former; Pauline Hall, prominent In 
a dancing specialty but leading num- 
bers in a nasal soprano; Ella Reid 
Gilbert and Kmily Keller who led 
numbers, but not the ones the 
gram mentioned they would. 

It WOUlc take a detective agency 
to recognize either the principals or 
the scenes from the program which 
may have been caused by the cutting 
of the show to prepare the way for 
the amateurs. 

Specialties In act two were a male 
singing trio, Bell, Cirard and Ander- 
son in fair harmonizing; Pauline 
and Bert Hall in a dancing routine 
that formerly formed their vaude- 
ville specialty, and Reid's parody 
Kiplingesque version of who was 
going to win tho Dempsev-Carpen- 
tier bout Reid, as "The Information 
Kid, a touty individual, dominated 
whenever he appeared and was al- 
ways good for comedy returns. 

The costuming and production 
were above the average, the lingerie 
profusion especially causing com- 
ment when worn by the peppery 
bunch Virginia Lee Brenner a 
shapely brunet, standing out from 
tne line. 

The "Record Breakers" is an aver- 
age American wheel attraction with 
a good principal comedian who 
knows low comedy values. The 
chorus take care of things the rest 
of the lime which seems a fair 
enough combination. Von 

TWO C0LUM5IASH0WS 
REVERT TO INDIVIDUALS 



Hark and Pearson Separate "Hits 
and Bit*" and "Powder Puff 



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The partnership existing between 
I. I Jerk and Arthur Pearson in 
Columbia wheel attractions, 
'Hits and Bits" and "Powder Puff 
Revue" has been dissolved, to take 
effect after this season. 

Herk in the arrangement secures 
'Powder Puff Revue" and Pearson 
takes "Hits and Bits." The latter 
is Playing the Columbia und< r the 
Pete Clark franchise. 
• U ail! give Hearten two Cclmuhta 
shows next season. The other is 
"«tcp Lively, Cirls." Pearson pro- 
duced" all three for the current sea- 
son. 



Jack Garrison Managing Capitol 

Jack Garrison, formerly manager 
of the old Lyceum, Washington. 1). 
C. has been appointed manager of 
the new Capitol, which has replaced 
the Lyceum in that city. 

The Capitol, American wheel, 
opens next Sunday, 

Henri Dixon's "Big Sen*ntt< n ' 
will be the initial attraction. 



COLUMBIA'S PENALTY SYSTEM 
FOR MISCONDUCT NEXT SEASON 



Final Effort Will Be Conclusive One to Keep All 
Shows Up to Standard — Week's Suspension 
May Follow Disobedience. 



Joe Cook Lets Out "Doc" Cook. 

Joe Cook has h t out "1 •■■<■" Cook, 
his comedy as : taut. 

"Doc* nia> i •,. *< ,i by Van 

Hoven. 



According to a definite report the 
chiefs of the Columbia burlesque 

circuit arc working oul a system 

for the maintenance of ali Columbia 
shows to a certain standard for next 
season that will include a penalty. 
The penalty as reported, to be in- 
fllcted following disobedience by a 
producer after due warning, will, 
at the first instance, be a suspension 
from playing on the wheel stand 
tor one week. To keep the house 
open the show would have played 
in, the r.how laying off that week on 
the American wheel will be shifted 
over to the Columbia stand for the 
fill in only. Under this course it is 
not expected a producer will become 
a second offender. To date no pen- 
alty has been set for the punish- 
ment of a producer, who offends 
after his week's suspension 

It Is not unlikely the Columbia 
people will install their secret agent 
plan next season, it has been under 
contemplation for sonic time. The 
plan will be to have one or two rep- 
resentatives of the Columbia Cir- 
cuit, unknown to house or road men. 
make direct reports to the Columbia 
offices 1 in New York. Their reports 
will have nothing to do with the 
merit of the performance, but will 
strictly adhere to an account as to 
whether the performance is per- 
fectly clean in the manner de- 
manded by the Columbia standard, 
which says there must be nothing 
unclean, In business, situations, 
movements or dialogue, in any Co- 
lumbia show. Where the repre- 
sentative notes anything undesir- 
able in a performance, he will detail 
It In his report, leaving the rest to 
the Columbia beads. 

For this purpose it is said the 
Columbia executives have decided 
to select men unknown to burlesque 
and who are not familiar with it, 
the post requiring intelligence only 
The secret agent will make rapid 
Jump", revisiting shows, and often 
may remain in town for two or 
more performances. 

Whenever an offender is detected, 
whether producer or player, the of- 
fense will be put down as "miscon- 
duct" ami punishment, if meted out. 
given under that head. 

The Columbians appear to recog- 
nise that while they may censor and 
delete a show in New York, there is 
at present no thorough plan that 
gives them a direct line of what 
happens* In a performance before it 
reaches the Columbia theatre, or 
after it departs from there. 

Finding from box office state- 
ments and observation that the 
burlesque patrons of all Columbia 
houses like clean shows, the Co- 
lumbia people say there is no 
earthly reason why their oft re- 
peated injunction on that point 
should not be strictly followed along 
the Columbia circuit. 

The Columbia chiefs are reported 
to have gone into a rage recently 
when* they read a list of eliminations 
ordered In an out of town house 
against a Columbia attraction, not 
through the cuts themselves, which 
were looked upon as minor and 
might be alone in censorship In that 
particular locality, but because the 
producer permitted matt*, to re- 
main in the performance th.it could 
be ordered out. This particular 
show was notified in no soft man- 
ner to keep out the cut matter for 
the remainder of the circuit, it was 
-also ascertained that after the cuts 
''•••i ]><"t\ made early In i.h« week 
business did not suffer and the per- j 
fortnancc was as well received after i 
as it had been before the elimlna- ', 

tions, 

This instance is said to have been] 
the basis for the Columbia dec id- ' 
ing to adopt a penalty system for 
the enforcement of till of ihe clr- 
cuit's regulations for performances, 

'This Isn't piety, ifs business," 
said a burlesque man In speaking 
about the new system. ' rVb can do 
just as much business with a per- 
tly clean .-how. why should any 
other kind be given in our houses^ 
We can't nor the producers can*! 
make any more money that way. 

"On Broadway you can sec bare 

r «et, shimmy dancing, anything you 

want t<« tee almost, but not in bur- 

• lUe, We don't want it. In I 

!' ")'ie. We don't M ' d it. And w<- 



are going to maks the producers be- 
low that, even to throwing them off 

the wheel if we catch them cheating. 
• If 'burlesque 1 is to have its name 
cleansed, we must cleanse It, and 
through giving a performance that 
no one in the world can say a word 
against When we can do that, and 
we can, and make money at the 
same time, we won't have and we 
won't accept any excuse from an£ 
one of the Columbia producers why 
his show isn't up to that mark in 
every respect." 



BURLESQUE SOUTH 
RUMORED POSSIBILITY 



Requests From Theatrical Interests 
to Regular Wheels 



Southern theatrical interests have 
been busy this winter trying to in- 
terest the officials of the Columbia 
and American burlesque circuits in 
a scheme to enlarge their chains 
with a view to installing burlesque 
in Birmingham, Atlanta, Augusta, 
Memphis, Little Rock, New Orleans 
and other Southern cities devoid of 
this type of entertainment. 

Conditions are believed to be 
about ripe for experiment. The 
American Circuit intends to send 
investigators through the territory. 

Opposition to burlesque followed 
in the South some years ago after 
the advent of the "turkey ' shows 
that made that territory, but the 
clean modern attraction is believed 
to have an excellent chance to catch 
on and open up this virgin territory 
for the wheel producers. 



UNION SQUARE STOCK. 

It's too had Jack I.ait is a literary 
laborer instead of a cleansing pow- 
der, for if one application of his 
power can do as much for a bur- 
lesque show as he did for Ren 
Kahn's stock at the Cnion Square 
there is no telling what he could do 
toward making the homes of this 
grand nation spotless. 

A few weeks ago La it was in town 
and drifted down to 14th stnet to 
see Tom Howard. .Joe Hose and the 
rest of Kahn's company in action. 
Hen, it seems, had unwisely picked 
that night to be out of town and the 
boys and girls cut up something 
scandalous. The which Jack told 
about, in his inimitable style, In 
Variety. The only rough stuff re- 
cently visible was In the audience 
one night, when two gents at the 
back of the house put on a slugfeet. 

With the exception of al>out six or 
eight "hells" lisped out by the Dutch 
comedian, Rose, the show is cleaner 
than any problem play on Kroadway 
and, in many places, more laughable 
than the majority of legitimate 
comedies. 

In "Shipmates" and The Country 
Fair" the comedians, led by Howard, 
put their stuff over with certainty 
and effect. They work up to their 
gags well and the horseplay, laugh- 
able in the extreme. ]g clean. There 
is an absence of filthy suggestion 
and in only one spot — at the close of 
the second farce- -does double mean- 
ing appear in the lines. Howard 
works with the smoothness of a le- 
gitimate comedian, and when he 
Ko«s out on tho Columbia wheel n^xt 
season should prove a revelation to 
the nativtr. Rose feeds well to 
I toward and lost none of his ^ wn 
cleverness as a dialect laugh-masef' 

Laura Houston. Harriet iNolan. 
H attic Beall an.l Margie Pennettl 
all put their song numbers over. 
Miss Nolan stopptJ the show with 
her "li's All Ovef Now '• The chorus 
works snappily and numbers several 
good dancers, but could be made 
more attractive if fitted into other 
than white lights which give every 
uppearaiice of Ihe lower halves of 
union .suits. 

Xow that he has mndo bbi •'' 'l° rs 
behave. Kahn might lUlU his :t 1 1 eii- 
lion to the battlers in the audience 
and induce them to settle thotr 
fights in Union Square, where there 
,s num. room than In the theatre^ 

ACADEMY'S STOCK SET ■ 
The Academy, Pittsburgh < Ameri- 
can wheel)., goes into tovfc April I s - 
is th" u < < ; s tleorge Jand 
Riders" plays Ihe Academy 
and the ahbw will r* main al ^"J* 
house .m the stock i > " 
throughout the .- ummer. 



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TANGLED WHISKERS 

That Houm of David Band booking Imbroglio, after being tbe cause of 
some atmospheric "inside" rumors for weeks, sprang forth in the open 
as the storm center of some unusually bitter public controversies la 
V ariety, through the statements of several interested parties. 

Without reiterating detail, which seems to have been pretty thoroughly 
thrashed out—and nobody has yet told the full truth of the many-angled 
deal— this much is plain: There has been plenty of double-crossing, con- 
niving and prevaricating in the preliminaries, the execution, and the 
aftermath. 



VOL. LXI. 



120 



ZtOM 



(n making their New York State 
income tax returns, women of the 
theatrical, vaudeville and picture 
profession are allowed to deduct ex- 
penses for powder and paint and 
actual and necessary traveling ex- 
penses, such as railroad fares and 
hotel bills, except when appearing 
on the stage or working in a studio 
in their home city. (The latter also 
applies to men.) This is the latest 
ruling of the New York State In- 
come Tax Bureau. Amounts ex- 
pended for stage wardrobe arc de- 
ductible, insofar as they arc not 
COStumes of the current period and 
cannot be used offstage. Allowance 
is made for depreciation in value 
of stage apparel. Returns show 
that enough money is spent in one 
year by picture stars for clothes 
used In the'.F pictures to buy homes 
on ltiversale drive. The schedule 
of one screen star reveals that she 
expended $60,000 for costumes in 
1919. The Income Tax bureau 
draws the line on deductions for 
Silk stockings and slippers, it hold- 
ing that these articles of wardrobe 
are capital investments am 1 can be 
worn Offstage. The only expenses 
that can be claimed by the picture 
profession for operation of UtOtor 

cars arc those actually necessary lor 

film work proper. 



The V. M. P. A. was ostensibly organized to prevent just such tactics. 
Pantages, who is just now bleating most loudly of "discrimination," has 
been the rawest and most frequent offender against accepted V. M. P. A. 
standards and ethics. That does not mean that be may not be right and 
the aggrieves) party in this instance, iie got the Band, in the state- 
ment telling how he got it he says it was awarded him because to keep 
it i'rom hint would have been an infraction. In the same statement he 
.ays he is being unfairly competed against in Peoria and Chi .-ago. Why 
doesn't he take it directly to the V. M. P. A..' 



This much Is certain— if Pontages enters B complaint before the V. M. 
P. A. his name will have a familiar ring to it. Ho many complaints have 
been entered there against him, There is an old equity (not A. E, A.) 
principle that a complainant must come into court "with Clean hands." 
Maybe that's what the delay is about. 



Pantages, Nash, Yoi Utg, Keefe — all of then ha.vo a Supreme court 

right in their own industry. The controversy is important enough not 

only to warrant but to demand a complete hearing ami a complete airing 
there. 



The Orphcum Circuit might get in on it. too, to tell why after yelping 
all over the lot that it mm;: have the Hand, it suddenly quit, "waiving*' 
all rights after claiming everything. May be the Orpheurn thought tbe 
Franklyn Ardoll act with six gals at less money was a belter buy than 
the Hand? May be not, but may be just the same. It sent the Aid. 11 
act In instead. Those booking fellows — and agents! When they are 
hurt. Jt's awful, according to them, and when they want to crawl, it was 
just kidding. 



John Johnson, 50 years old, an 
employee Of the Norton Sign Co., 
fell from the fifth floor height of 
the Palace Theatre Friday. At 
Flower Hospital it was said he 
was suffering from an injured back, 
with possible internal injuries. 
Johnson was repairing the elec- 
tric sign which runs up the front 
of the building and was working 
from a seat in a .'bosun's" chair 
that he III some manner slipped out 
and Johnson fell onto the marquee 
over the Palace Theatre front biu 
broke his fall and probably saved 
his own life by hanging onto the 
rope attached to the chair, until 
about ten feet above the canopy. 

Thousands of people lined the 
opposite curb following reports of 
the accident and remained until 
Johnson was removed through the 
M. S. Bent ham office to the attend- 
ing ambulance. 



A street car tie-up In Albany and 
Troy |s affecting the theatres, par- 
ticularly the Albany houses. The 
strike has been on for about a week 
With no attempt to run between 
Albany and Troy. The only means 
Of transportation is the local train 
service or taxicabs. 



Andrew Corrado, 17, charged with 
disorderly conduct as a result of in- 
aertlng an instrument into candy 
boxes attached to seats at Loew's 
Boulevard. 1034 Southern Boule- 
vard, Bronx, pleaded guilty before 
Magistrate Nolan last week ami was 
placed on probation for one year. 



Charles E. Greenstone, formerly 
connected with the Bhuberts, is 
now managing tho Empiru Glens 
Falls, X. V. The house is playing 
Shubcrt vaudeville, two shows daily, 
splitting with the Kialto, Amster- 
dam, N. V. 



The Odd Fellows of Louisville are 
Staging a Mardi (Iras and Circus 
iurlpg the week of Feb. 28. T. A. 
Wolfe, a showman, with a 30-car 
Show in winter quarters at Louis- 
ville, will direct the affair. Sydney 
Wire is attending to the publicity. 



Dorothy Jardon did 


not sing 


"Ele, Kit," after th<> op 


ruing per- 


formanee at bhe Palace 


NcW York 


last week. 





Billy Grady, returning from the 
west, having gone as tar as Denver, 
■ecured five new nets tor vaudeville 
in that region that will shortly be 
*oen In the metropolitan district. 
Orad) »ti . i>\ , red t ban In oabai 

Eddie Mick, '!:.' clothier, ha A gone 
to French Lick and Miami with his 
Wife, Tie, will remain awa> for 

a month. 



Irwin Franklyn h in represented 
himself as connected with Variety 
He is not connected with Variety 

In any u a} . 



PRESS STUFF, PUBLICITY— AND GEST 

Morris Gest is a showman. That's why he sued Henry Ford for five 
mi lions. What Henry Ford may be is just what his yes men agree with 
him on. But Ford has coin. He may be a little bent now and want o 
boi-ow, but he's got coin. Hank should send that $.">, 000,000 Morris (lest 
wants without making Gest prove in court that Ford libeled him. Hank 
may have libeled Maury, but look at what Maury did for Hank — got him 
the very publicity over .light that iiank has been looking for for the past 
eight months. If that wasn't cheap at live millions to a man that knows 
nothing about anything, including money and its uses, then what can 
Hank ever want after this? 



and a conscientious reviewer in nine cases out of ten tries to do Justice 
to the production according to his lights. He finds good points, points 
not so good or downright had in the same production, but usually tries 
to weigh merits and demerits into a completed review which shall do 
justice both to his paper's readers and to the players and managers. 
This aim involves a multitude of elements, all of which have to be set 
forth in carefully considered wording and various shadings of opinion. 
His judgment with ils mauy amendments and complexities could not be 
crystallzed into an adequate headline. 



It seems better to us to head the reviews merely with a general title, 
su.h as "The I'lay," followed by the title of the new production, "The 
Times" follows this scheme and leaves the reader to read the article if 
he is Int e r e st ed or pass it by if he is not. At least the reader is not 
misled in his understanding of the reviewer's opinion by a brusque word 
or two in black type* 



Another consideration is that a pretty lafgS proportion of the metro- 
politan theatrical writers are none too definite In their survey of a new 
play, and to be strictly accurate, three of five new plays would have to 
be printed under the headline, "Our Reviewer Doesn't Know What to 
Think of 'Hop-Skip' at the Excelsior/' which is about the impression 
one gathers In reading most comments on first nights, 



AFFECTION 



Too often is lost what is loved. It's the way of the universe. Win n 
the lost one is a loved one, tho grief of the living takes different forms. 
Often it is repress on at d Just as deeply felt that way. It is seldom, how- 
ever, that slumbering grief Is so eloquently expressed as appears in a 

memorial this week in Variety's obituary column. 



Ruby Myer and Tom Patrlcola were man and wife. In vaudeville, 
where they appeared, they were professionally known Ss l'atrieola and 
Myer. Mrs. l'atrieola (Miss Myer) died about a year ago at an early age. 
Mr. l'atrieola on the Stage Is a comedian, technically called a semi-nut, 
a comic, a singer and a dancer. Beneath his stage exterior, In Mr. 
Patrlcola'l breast, beats a heart that has been beating for his departed 
Wife — his heart is in this prose reproduced below, without Mr. Patricola's 
consent. It is affection that was begotten from love, an affection that 
while its object has passed away, will live on while that great heart of 
Patricola's keeps beating. 



Hank's paper, published in a town Called Dearborn, that should al- 1 
ways be hyphenated for Hank's information, said Gest's "Aphrodite" and 
"Mecca" were dirty shews. Hank's sheet lammed Maury something orful 
besides, said Maury hadn't supported his father and mother. That's 
tough, because Mr. and Mrs. (iest haven't hollered about it. but It's 
Hank's hunch and Maury's base for his suit. That "dirty"' thing about 
the shows is what hit young Gest right where his hank account lives. 
BvOryOne else has said the shows were too clean. Al Weeks, the dramatic 
critic of tho Detroit News, went to Cincinnati to peep at "Aphrolit< ' 
before it came into Detroit, then came home and told the people of his 
town not to be bunked, that "Aphrodite" was too clean to pay $3.50 for. 
Then the Detroiters went to see it to find it" AI knew his business. 



We trust Mr. Patricola will not consider we are Intruding upon Ids 
sorrow to reproduce blS memorial tribute on this page, where everyone 
who reads this paper will see*, appreciate and understand what affection 
means, when it is affection. And may we ask the gentlemen of the dally 
press, if reading this, to hear in mind It was written by an actor, a 
((•median, s husband and a lover- Tom Patricola Is all of that- and mors/ 

In a grave and softly sleeping, 

Where the flowers gently wave, 
Lies the one I loved so desrly, 

But whom I could not save. 
Heaven now retains my treasure — 

Earth her lonely casket keeps, 
And the Angels love to linger 

Where my darling Ruby sleeps. 



When Maury flashed the Dear-born Independent and saw what it said 
about his two shows, he Hew to his press staff. They doped out the 
libel actton and doped the Associated Press at the same time. Por the 
A. P. sent out a story on that libel action long enough to tell about the 
League of Nations being called off, and In it the A. P. mentioned Ford 
called '•Mecca* 1 and Aphrodite" "the most salacious spectacles ever 
show n in America"? 



THE CHORUS GIRL OF NOW 

The Utica ( N. Y.) Daily Press prints New York State statistic* fur- 
nished by Secretary of State John J. Lyons, with the up-state paper 
directing attention to the excellent showing for chorus girls, as a class. 
The statistics say that but one chorus girl was convicted in New York 
state last year of any crime. Against that record, which the Utica Press 
espec ally dwells upon, ia the cum ict ions recorded of 8S domestics, 79 
cooks, it housekeepers, four laundresses, five seamstresses, four teachers, 
three milliners, 18 stenographer si, and S9 waitresses. 



The statistics speak for themselves. 



And for that Gest brought up to an Indifferent public the en Ire racial 
question. Hank should have bawled out his pressmen for not having done 
the same thing long before. 



Gest says all Jewry stands behind him. They would stand very far 
behind him if they understood. To show an indifferent public how he 
was suffering through liar spouting about neglect of his relatives Maury 
got other papers to repeat the libel, or at bast they reprinted it with 
his consent, for he attached more press stuff In the form of an interview 
to the reproduction. 



Al Woods, Sam Harris, David Helaseo and the rest of the bunch said 
"Ford must be off his nut," displaying they had a good line en Hank, but 
Maury must have confessed to himself that t is the logical defender f 
all .lews, as he is in the show business, so he went to it. probably serving 
a summons on someone with the complaint never following. 

Hank, slip Maury the five. If you knew as much as that kid, you 
would not have reduced the price of your car and would not have had to 
go to WalJ Street to hock your tin cans. 

CRITICISM^ HEADLINES 

One of those theatre smoking room discussions took the three-cor- 
nered form a few nights ago of a debate between a business man, a 
playwright and a newspaperman, and bore on this burning topic: "Should 
not the newspapers put their dramatic criticisms under a black headline 
which would briefly characterise the performance?"' 



The business man thought tho idea a good one, because it would give 
the great newspaper public an opportunity to grasp the essentials Of the 
clitic's judgment at a glance, and would save time in reading from a 
half column to a column of type. 



The playwright contributed the view th.it the plan would be a good 
one insofar as it would practically compel everyone at all interested in 
the theatre to notice the first opinion of a new attraction, but a bad 
scheme In the other aspect that it would react against the ptay that 
was partly good and* partly bad, and a ter.se headline would not provide 
: ufflclenl scope to give an accurate Impression. 



Variety takes another view, agreeing with half the playwright's opinion. 
ti. • American newspaper- reading public is a spoiled child. The people 
get their news and their impressions of public events almost entirely by 
headline reading, because the American newspaper, 08 BUnTparec to the 
old world publication, has brought 'he trade of headline writing to a 
highly !"■■ ialiscd .•■<•■• • 

The big city public, ru E 10 business by subwuy or u itnniobib' 
conteii to lei the headliin writer weigh the I cl i and dispel — u s licnl 
poii i 'i U\ ) have no t.lrih to both* r \. iili details >i .( survey of both di 
( ,f ., , .,.-,.. ,\ M Aim," hi I'M"' would headline :i new President's 

inaugural address with u> most striking pa . and the piiblie.would 

let it go it that. .\ !' itish Journal would merely write the title, 
"Ilia .] address," and let Its readers digest the ►!»• e« h for it - 't. The 

old world system makes careful, UuniKhtful rl • 

First night reviews are getieralij written umW pr< of ime limits. 



But it should not be forgotten that any number of girls, when in the 
linn light of publicity, station house or police court, invariably say. for 

want of another occupation to mention, that they ar«- "professionals," and 

are immediately described by the newspapers as "< horus girls." That 
one Ion" (horns girl conviction Mr. Lyons gave out may have gotten 
under that chorus girl heading through seme young woman who never 
had been on a stage. If that Is true, it would give tho chorus girls a 
clean si. He in Xew Vork for 1920 -and if It's the other way, th" record 
is just as good. 

The minimum salary for « horus girls who travel In musica! shows, 
When on the road (outside New York City) is $ : '- r > weekly.. Ask any of the 
Broadway producers how many girls they may procure to work in a 
show at the minimum New Vork city scale, $J0. They wil^ tell you ne>t 
any. Few shows of the musical comedy type now on the road are paying 
their girls the minimum scale. More often it Is $30. There Is a lar^e 
musical comedy now traveling that has not a girl In the company receiv- 
ing less than $.15 a week. 

In vaudeville and hurksMue the girls may be engaged at the minimum 
scale, but even in thusu stage fields the price IS lengthened where the 
ability demands it, as with the .minimum scales of the stage hands and 
musical unions. (ie»od workmen everywhere 'command a price above the 

scale when there is a demand for their services. 



The chorus girl of the present' |s still called a chorus girl, but she is a 
woman of the stage, entitled to due consideration through her earning 
capacity and all the respect sho compels for herself. There is a chorus 
girls' union that might take up the Subject of | ropaganda for the bettei 
information of the lay public in, reference to the chorus girl of now. 



Business in the theatres in TrOy, 
.V V., dropped With the partial re- 
sumption Of ear service by strike- 
breakers Tuesday. It was the first 
time an attempt had been made to 
operate since the beginning of the 

strike Jan. L'O, and it was marked by 
Scenes Of IhS Wildest disorder-. Til" 

tucks were pilled with obstructions, 
wires cut, cars stoned and wrecked, 
and strikebreakers beaten up. Great 
day for the film camera mahi and 
they muds lie mod of it. Late in 
the after noon the company gave Up 
attempt to operate cars, but a few 
were run nga'.n Wednesday, with 
nobody riding. Riots again broke 
out. An oTdei of the Public Service 
Commission issued las* week com* 
pel led the traction company to re- 
sume service Tuesday. Htpries 
about ''!,:.-•■ ' !'ii tin d in the 

papers, togetbej with the riots and 
in ai ' !;' -tied a n am '< •< > of- 

people .i ' •! : : • <i ••) not v nt in . 

■. hen : • i • 

Paul Dcmpsey, t vain I 

. i •.-. ii i . ii rrowlj «■■'■•! i • 'I death M >>■ 
day nh en hit by a I 

1 1 sV'. .hi ii ;i v en ue ■' nd isi ii street 
The * I* e. :i y pi m.i . ,i.i h n 



compliance with the new traffic 
regulations for the Times squan 
district when I><mps«y, who had 
just Stepped off the side walk, was 
.sti U< k. 

II" chlBg to the running board 
and was dragged a short distance 
before the machine came to a stop. 

The agent was able to proceed borne 
after declining the services of an 
ambulance. 

A post -card written on the Acp 
'.a.'iia. by Walter l'«reiv,il ;ih Hi* 

Perclval-Sam Mann*- Bill Halllgan 
bunch approached England, ays: 

"Hnlllgnn Just got a fl.T>h at the 
Im h coast and 1 can do nothing 

with him. kast thing he rememl 

is the Htntuc of Liberty. " 

VV.II, urn R. ("Doc") Watson < 
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: : . ' • i Mass. lies a member "f 

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Jamci TI:ornton tool Kei'h 

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HAMMERSTEIN'S WIDOW MUST 
PAY $124,000 TO DAUGHTERS 



Referee Decides Girls Are Entitled to Money Paid 
for Victoria Franchise by Keith's — Lien Against 
Manhattan Opera Houses. 



Ex-justice Scott, sitting as referee 

handed down a decision Friday 

last in favor of Stella and llosie, 

daughters of Oscar Hammerstein, 
deceased. In their suit against Mrs. 
Oscar Hammerstein. Their claim 
was for $110,000 to which interest 
was allowed making the total award 
around $124,000. 

This the referee declared to be a 
lion against the Manhattan opera 
house, which is the only tangible 
property bequeathed to the widow. 

Stella Hammerstein is now Mrs. 
Ch;ules Tope. Her sister is Mrs. 
'i'ostevan. 

Basis for the elaim of the Ham- 
merstein daughters dates back to 
the payment by the Keith interests 
of around $200,000 to Oscar Ham- 
merstein in the agreement on the 
Victoria's vaudeville franchise, the 
deal which permitted the Palace to 
enter the Times square field. This 
money actually belonged to the 
Hammerstein Amusement Co., In 
Which the daughters *uid their 
mother held 3,099 shares. The stock 
h;t I been deposited as security 
guaranteeing the payment of $200 
weekly to the mother and girls 
throughout their life. The money 
was never paid and the stock was 
held in lieu of that. 

The charge by the daughters when 
the suit against the present Mrs. 
liimmerstein was started was that 
tl ere was diversion of the $200,000 
paid by the Keith interests, that 
money being spent by Oscar Ham- 
merstetn in the building of the 
Lexington Avenue opera house, 
\\ hereas it should have been turned 
lr.:o the treasury of the Hammer - 
Stein Amusement Co. 

The referee, in upholding the 
diversion claim, ruled any property 
)• ft by the deceased was liable to 
Hen since it was shown that the 
Al mhattan was turned over to Mrs. 

>ar Hammerstein under an ante- 
nuptial agreement. 

The Republic theatre property 
wis first included in the action, with 
Arthur Hammerstein named a co- 
rb f« ndant by his sisters. Arthur, 
however, was released from liability 
early in the case by the referee, it 
being shown that he secured the 
Republic prior to the Keith-Victoria 
Vaudeville settlement. 

T!ie Republic was turned over to 
Arthur by his father in considera- 
te n of his accomplishment in secur- 
ing $1,200,000 frem the Metropolitan 
Opera Company in 1910, that sum 
being paid by the Met to keep 
Oscar Hammerstein out of grand 
opera in Xew York for a period of 
ten years. 

The arrangement between father 
*• 1 son was that the latter w.is to 
i Ive 10 per cent of the sum paid 
by the Met, or $1110.000. Arthur 
r< n M have deducted the commis- 
si >n, hince the money was turned 
over to him. The money was paid 
ii total to Oscar, however, and 5 t 
v. is employed in the building of 
t ho Hammerstein opera louse In 
l.».':don. Later when Arihur asked 
fer 'Us commission, Oscar conveyed 
tiu Republic to him. 

Max Steuer represented Hammer*- 
stcin's daughters. Their mother 

1 been d- ad for several years. 
Robert Elder argued the case in be- 
half of Mrs. Os< ar 



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KELLY'S LAMBS' DINNER. 

Popular After ts Leaving Soon for 
Australia. 



William 3, Kelly leaves New York 
for San Francisco PVb. 19, en route 
for Sydney, Australia, sailing on the 
Ventura from 'Frisco March 1., to 
till .i year's engagement with .T. (\ 

\\ illfamson, Ltd. Mr, Kelly will 
play the principal roles in a series 
of current Broadway successes, 

vl >i< Ii Williamson is to produce. 

A farewell dinner will be tendered 
Kelly by the Lambs' Club. Thurs- 
day, Feb. 17. Augustus Thomas 

V. ill j. reside. 



"PALMBEACHING" HABIT 
GRIPS SHOW FOLKS 



Colony Includes Legit, Film, 
Vaudeville and Burlesque. 



Palm Beaeh, Feb. S. 

•Palinbeaehing" has taken a heavy 
Slip on the show people. At the 
present time about every branch is 
represented. In one hour's saun- 
ter, Variety'? correspondent mw the 
following: — 

Ethel Levey and her daughter; 
Georgette Cohan; Flo Ziegfeld;13illie 
Burke and Patricia, the Zicgfold- 
Burke baby; Norma and Natalie Tal- 
madge; Joseph M. Schenek; Mr. and 
Mrs. Walter Vincent; Mr. and Mrs. 
Martin Beek; Mr. and Mrs, Mort 
Singer, Charles Kichnian; Robert 
Milliard; Hay COBSStock, Sam Bcrib- 
ner. 

Sydney Grant is hare recovering 

from a eold which hit him in Mon- 
treal last week. He will resume at 
Keith's, Washington, Feb. 21; 

Miami is also reported to have 
a large crowd, without so many well 
known professionals, however. Mi- 
ami is slowly getting the better of 
Palm Beach for the Northerners, 
through the lower prices down thai 
way, and also because it is a city. 
Palm Beach is only a huge boarding 
house on the beach. 



"BELLE OF NEW YORK'" 
NEXT AT CENTURY 

Reported Revival May Follow 
"Night Watch" 

The story Is around that Bhllberis 
will fOllOW The Night Watch" at 
the Century with their long report- 
ed propossed revival of ' The Belle 
of, New York." 

The observers say ihere is noth- 
ing else in sight to succeed the 
Ehlglish meller, when it completes 
its run uptown, other than the re- 
vived piece. 

'The Night Watch" is reported to 
have drawn $ 16, 000 at the Century 
last week. With its expensive cast 
and extensive production, this 
amount will just about allow the 
management to break even, it is 
■aid, figuring the percentage Split 

between house and show* The 

Shu herts control both, 



HEARSTS NEW YORK PAPERS 



ONCE MORE LIFT AD RATES 



JOE GLICK'S BREAK 



Okia. Oil Well Threatens to Swamp 
Him With Coin 

Kansas City, Feb. 9. 

Joseph B. Oliek, resident manager 
of the Shubcrt, has received the 
news that an oil well on one of his 
Oklahoma leases has come in and is 
producing the 'liquid gold in paying 
quantities* 

The news came In a telegram, 
which was delivered to bis room at 
4 a. m . and which seemed to him 
too good to be true. 

Mr. Click and hit* associates have 

been offered a good price for their 
holdings by the Empire Gas & Fuel 
Co., one of the 1 »rge Oklahoma 
companies, but have refused to con- 
sider it. 

They expert to sink more wells 
at once and are looking for a regu- 
lar gusher. 



Journal, ^$1.50 from $1.25 Per Line; American, $1 
from 80c. — In Effect Feb. 15 — Theatres Paying 
$60,000,000 Annually for Advertising. 



JONES TAKES "BEGGAR'S 
OPERA" INTO CANADA 

New Trial For Old Work That 
Failed Here. 



A I Jones has taken over "The 
BeggS>r*S Opera," from Arthur Hop- 
kins, an old English piece recently 
revived at the Greenwich Village 
Theatre, and QUlt after a run of six 
weeks. It has an Knglish company. 

Jones will open it in Toronto next 
week and put in tour through Can- 
ada. The piece has run nearly a 
year in London. It began in the 
British capital tinder unfavorable 
circumstance* and was a loser for 
twelve weeks. Then the tide turned 
and th enterprise got a new lir^ak. 

It lost money for Six weeks at the 
Village Theatre, but during its sixth 
and last week there was a decided 
Improvement in demand. It was 
this circumstance together with the 
London record that inspired Jones 
to make the gamble in Canada. II" 
is also interested in the "Green- 
wich Village Follies," both shows, us 
well as "Jim Jam Jems." 



"TATTLE TALES" AS REVUE. 



SENDING OUT "HONEY GIRL i sh.m,. n 



NO. 2 "TAVERN" HIT. 

by Critics 



Biumenthal 



6. Shannon 
start Piece 



Will Re 



Framed 



with Century 
for Road 



Promenade 



Jimmy Hoesey'fl "Tattle Tale*" in 
combination with the former nine 
o'clock revue on the Cejpttfry Prom- 
enade is now in rehearsal. The 
Shuberts will fr;*me tbe show along 
the same lines ., the Eddie Cant r 
"Midnight Rounder."." With Hus- 
sey featured Similarly bs will also 
have an interert in tbe revue when 
it starts on tour, ar Is true of the 
Cantor show. 

In the cast of the Hussey revue 
are Walter C. Kelly. Orth and Cor . 
IfOran and Wf i.ver, Mae West, Jack 
St rouse, Han;, Kose and Beth Stan- 
ley. 



"Honey Qlrl' will again be sen: 
on tour, rehearsals duo to begin next 
week. Max Biumenthal and Bam 
Shannon now have control of tbe 
piece. Biumenthal has owned an 
interest In "Honey Girl*' since it Was 
first put on by Shannon, the show 
then being known as "They're Off." 
Sam H. Harris took over tbe man- 
agement and it was rest aged. J>- 
eently Bluraeatnal purchased ih*» 
Harris interest. 

George McKay, wiih the show 
originally, will return to the "Honey 
Girl" caM. McKay Is now out with 
"Broadway Brevities." Louise Mey- 
ers and most of ;he original cast 
will be retained. 

It is claimed the show was: \%i.h- 
drawn following dissension among 
certain piavers. 



and Cast Liked 
and Town. 



Chins go. Feb. 9. 

'Tbe Tavern," » ith Lowell Sher- 
man playing ibe Arnold Daly rol*\ 
has caught on heavily, again prov- 
ing that Chicago is a haven tot 
shows regarded as "subtle." It is 
averaging $17,000 and is thought 
x^od lure for four months. 

Sherman drew glorious notices. 
Joseph Allen, as tbe hired man. 
shared his honorable mention. The 
remainder of the cast contains 
Clyde North, Virginia Irwin, Wil- 
liam L. Thome. Rita Komilly, Nor- 
> i . . 1 1 1 liackett (a local favorite), Eu- 
genie Blair (ditto), Isabel Withers. 
Robert Uleckler. Kdwin Walters, 
Pklward Badger* Frank Stanley and 
Herbert Bostwick* 

Those who have seen the Xew 
York company are unanimous In the 
VeWUct that this aggregation gives 
as strong a performance. 




The Evening Journal and the 
morning American raise their ad- 
vertising theatrical rates again, 
commencing Feb. 15. The Evening 
Journal jumps from $1.25 per line 
to $1.*)0, with the minimum raised 
from four to six lines. The same 
lift applies to the American Sun- 
day editions. Week-day American 
rates jump from 80 cents per line 
to $1 per, with tho six-line mini- 
mum. This sticks a minimum of |9 
per day or $.">4 per week at each 
theatre, take it or leave it, for the 
Journal, with the jump on the week- 
day morning American scarcely less 
than the evening paper, save that 
the Journal's raise is 25 cents more 
per line and the sfteck-day's Amer- 
ican 20 cents, with the Sunday 
grabbing the 25-cent lift. 

The m w scale means an increased 
theatrical advertising rate for these 
sheets of 1)00 per cent, in the past 
ten years. An attempt to jump the 
rate from 50 cents to 75 cents by 
the same publications ten years ago 
resulted in the managers dropping 
OUt of this Hearst papers. The drop 
out and stay out decision of the 
producer! continued into a second 
year. Then the publisher started a 

conciliation propaganda, bringing in 
brilliant writers as theatrical 
boosters. Wm. A. Brady was one 
of the fast of the managers to break 
the stay out rule. 

The theatres of Greater New York 
pay $6,000,000 yearly for New York 
newspaper advertising. Fifteen 
years ago the annual gross was be- 
tween $800,000 and $900,000. 

Kefore 1879 the advertising was 
handled directly. Alvah A. Brown, 
an English newspaper man, circu- 
lating since 1S50 among the town's 
few theatres, started the first the- 
atrical advertising agency, since 
which time managers have dealt 
through middlemen. The Brown 
agency, Brcwn A Pulvemau. were 
offlcf4 in the Van Rensselaer build- 
ing, then on ihe triable a. :J2nd 
street and Broadway. Managers 
found the acency plan helpful. The- 
atres using the B. & p. service in- 
cluded the old Bowery. Jake Aberle's 
Tivoli in Sth street, the Grand Opera 
House, the Windsor, Tony Pastors, 
Wallack's Star and Standard, the 
last then in the upton triangle. I* 
J. Finch, *n employe, succeeded to 
the B. & P. business in 1SK4. Op- 
position started in 1889, when May 
Brooklyn, an at tress, Blakely Hall, 
a newspaper man, and Oscar 
Schoenfeld and Theodore LovejOY 
formed the Allen Advertising 
agency, since evoluted into the pre** 
ent Capot-Carey Corporation. J. P. 
Muller, present head of the J. P. 
Muller agency, then a boy employes 
of Finch, was started out to stop 
rival inroads on, the business, Which 
led to his present advert 
potation. 



Mil! 



Ol 



WINNIFRED GILRAINE 






Tom Burke Leaves Aator 

Tom Burke, treasurer of the A St or 

theatre, New York, resigned last 

t^cek. He was r< placed by Frank 

II«Mif..in, who was moved over fiom 

the Bayes theatre. 






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art* si oij, .• 



ASSISTED BV 
HERFORD HARTWELL »n6 BUDS 

IN 

"THE WHIRL OF THE DANCE" 

PROCTOR'S 58th ST.; NEXT WEEK (Fab. 14), B F. KEITHS list ST. 
AM) KHITH TIMK TO FOLLOW 

Direction", A a RON kisppmtk 



HAMPDEN CLAIMS RECORD 

Largeat Advance Sale at Walnut 
Since Maude Adams in 1912 

_ 

Philadelphia, Feb. !». 

The engagement of Waller Hamp- 
den in Shakespearian repertoire at 
the walnut |« getting attention 
anion* the show ?>eople through the 
advance sale recorded, which Was 
$0,000 up to Monday. This is . homed 
to be the house record since Maude 
Adams registered one In JI12. 

Monday night Hampden opened to 
$2,100, reported as more than was 
held in either of the two Other local 
houses having the established bus 

here. 



OPERA SINGER LEFT $150,000 

Mrs. Mary ltiofte, opera linger, 
left $150,000 in personal property 
and $1^,000 in real estate. This *as 
revealed In her will, tiled last week 
with the Surrogate of Westchester 
County, New York. Her son. 
Kugcne Riottc of Manhassel, L. L, J" 
the executor and receives f. r >",000, as 
does his sister. 

Mr*, iiiotte appeared with the 

Metropolitan and other p;om»i»^» 
<»»»era companies. Rha r»i*"it be: 
home in Tor-Vie:*. >'. J 




.riday, February 



VI 






DIVORCE BROUGHT UP 
AFTER 18 YEARS' LAPSE 

Mrs. John Henry Thomas Ap- 
plying for Alimony. 

After a lapse of 18 years, at 
which time an interlocutory decree 
was granted, Jane Amelia Thomas, 
formerly of the Metropolitan and 
Covent Garden, London, has begun 
u second action for divorce against 
John Henry Thomas, one-time pro* 
fcssional. 

The stesenl proceedings, insti- 
tuted in her behalf by Herman L. 
Itoth and Samuel Altman, ask for 
alimony, not provided in the ori- 
ginal action. Such action is per- 
missible after the long period be- 
tween the two proceedings because 
of a change in the New Voik di- 
vorce lawH. 

A decree was granted Mrs. 
Thomas by JtlStiee D-Cady Her- 
rick March 17, 1903. Up to March 
1$ of that year the first decree 
was tinal, but the new law, effec- 
tive March 17, made the first decree 
only interlocutory, and such a de- 
cree was filed with the County 
Clerk. The law provided that a 
final decree should be entered with- 
in three months after the filing of 
the interlocutory decree. Mrs. 
Thomas, then appearing with the 
Carl Rosa Opera Co. in London, re- 
quested it be ne# entered. Auto- 
matically the interlocutory decree* 
became nega ive, and in the eyes 
of the law the parties have been 
man and wife ever since. 

A new change in the New York 
State divorce . law, effective last 
year, makes an interlocutory decree 
final' after three months, without 
formal entry as required at the 
time of the first action. When the 
first' suit wa3 started, Thomas was 
an actor supporting Francis Wil- 
son for several seasons, lie retired 
from professional life in 1907 and 
is now engaged in manufacturing 
chemical** He is said to be well 
off. 



LEON FRIEDMAN SCALDED 

Leon Friedman press agent for 
Zicgfeld's "Failles" was painfully 
Injured in Chicago last week in a 
hotel barber shop. 

Friedman was having his head 
shampooed, the barber turning o 
the hot water without testing 
badly scalding Friedman who 
around with his head bandaged. 



it. 

is 



Had 



LOIS JOSEPHINE DENIES 

Stage 



No Altercation with 
Manager of "Mary." 



Lois Josephine says the newspa- 
pers may give her the reputation 
of a pugilist, if they are not more 
circumspect in publishing rumors. 
An Omaha paper while the "Mary" 
company Miss Josephine was with 
was in that city, published an ac- 
count of an altercation back-stage 
among the company, accusing Miss 
Josephine of having physically at- 
tacked the stage manager. 

"Silly," said Miss Josephine, as 
she exposes her pretty arm. "What 
could I do with that against a 
man?" 

Meantime Miss Josephine Is anx- 
ious that her friends believe her 
disposition has not changed. 

C.eorge M. Cohan closed the 
Western "Mary" company through 
it carrying a poor cast and having 
internal dissensions whirh made it 
worse. 



ROGER GRAY BUSY 



Betides Everything Else, Now Has 
Pershing Theatre 



St. Louis. Feb. 9. 
Koger Gray, who was the head of 
Hi- Pershing Stock, has leased the 
Pershing Theatre from the Famous 
Players Missouri Corp.. anil will 
now have full control of the com- 
puny and house. Gray is the lead- 
ing comedian, stage din-dor super- 
visor of the painting of all stage 
scenery, selector of stage, costume;-; 
an, l chief mourner of finances. 

PHOTOGRAPHER'S MALADY 



$5,000,000 FILM HOUSE CIRCUIT 
TO BE PUT IN OPERATION BY WOODS 

Backed by Robert McCormick, Chicago Harvester Magnate, Legit Producer 
Plant to Pl% $2 Pictures for Long Runs Here and Elsewhere— His New 
Apollo, Chicago, to Be Included — Success of "Way Down East" a Factor. 



HUSSEY BANKRUPT; 
ASKS COURT RELIEF 



At one (eii swoop, and with ihe 
financial assistance of but one in- 
dividual, A. H. Woods looms up as 
a dominant factor in the film indus- 
try of the country. 

Backed by Robert McCormick, of 
the family in control of the Inter- 
national Harvester Co., Woods ia 
making his plans for the establish- 
ment of a circuit of theatres 
throughout- the country to be con- 
ducted as high class picture houses 
phiying only the bigger lilm fea- 
tures lor indefinite runs a't %2 top. 

It is understood Woods has iu- 



it is eventually released lor the ] picture houses at popular pr.Ue*, hut 

regular picture houses. «>n the contrary, their value will be 

The corporation has already been ! materially enhanced 



formed, it is declared, with Walter 
Moore as vice president. 

That there is room for such a cir- 
cuit is contended by the fact that 
"Way Down East" is playing indefi- 
nite engagements in legitimate the- 
atres in all section of the United 
States, some seventeen companies 
carrying their own orchestras and 
managerial equipment back and 
"ahead." Metro is feverishly awalt- 
Jng an opportunity to open in New 



•tailed a permanent projection booth j York with its production of "The 
in his new theatre in Chicago now j Four Horsemen of the Apocalpy.se/' 

having been promised a house for 



In course of construction. Thnt he 
is thoroughly in earnest in his de- 
cision to put his idea through to 
immediate consummation, is proved 
by the statement he refused a ren- 
tal of $150,000 a year and 60 per 
cent, of the profits to turn the new 
house over to the Shuberts for 
their vaudeville. 

The new Chicago houses ( Apollo) 
will seat 1,800 and Wopds has se- 
cured a theatre in New York for 
the metropolitan end of the picture 
circuit. 

The basic idea is to tales the big- 
ger pictures made by producers and 
ploy them like road shows on a 
percentage basis for indefinite runs 
in the larger cities of the country. 
When a picture has been accepted 
for a tour and the percentage agreed 
upon no guarantee is to he asked. 
In some instances, the circuit will 
buy in on the venture, thus retain- 
ing an interest in the profits when 



NELLIE REVELL HOPEFUL 

Has 



several weeks past, with still noth- 
ing definite in sight. 

It is estimated by conservative 
film men that bad "The aflracle 
Man" been handled in road show 
form it would have grossed three 
limes as much as the $2,000,000 it 
has thus far earned. 

The playing of big pictures for 
indefinite runs will not, it is 
claimed, injure their earning power 
when played later in the regular 



HERE'S SOME IDEA 
IN SMOKING ROOMS 



It is not known how many houses 
Will be at Woods' disposition for 
the inauguration of his scheme, but 
Mr. McCormick has evidenced his 
willingness to give it a thorough 
trial by investing $6,000,000 cash in 
the enterprise as a starter. 

(In the picture section of this Is- 
sue off Variety is published an Inter- 
view with John D. Williams [First 
NationalJ in which Mr. WilllamB 
advances the future of big films as 
for Indefinite engagements.) 

Fox's "Over the Hill" at the 
Broadhurst in its 21st week ia play- 
ing to between $8,000 and $9,000 
weekly, without it termed a high 
class picture and not drawing well 
into its $2 (top) seats. Fox also 
has "A Connecticut Yankee" he 
wants to place in a legit house on 
Broadway, besides a William Far- 
num special film, aimed for a like 
resting place. 



A. H. Woods' New Apollo Will 
Start Sometime. 



Walked — Doctors 
Months More— Still 



Say 

in Bed. 



IX i 



A gleam of hope has appeared to 
Nellie Revel!, now in a bed In St. 
Vincent Hospital, New York, where, 
she has been compelled to remain 
for J 4 months, nearly all of that 
time in a plaster cast. 

With her valiant battle for cheer- 
fulness under the extremely irrit- 
ating condition that one of her for- 
mer activity -suddenly found herself 
in, Miss Revell lights on, with her 
smile and quick wit standing her 
well, but the hope that raised Nel- 
lie's dreams was the other day 
when she "walked" in the corridor 
of the hospital. It was an effort, 
Nellie admits, but that she did it 
was a source of gratification, and 
to prove to the hospital staff her in- 
domitable will is jver with her, 
Nellie, the next morning, walked 
around her room. 

Then the physicians advised Nel- 
lie to remain in bed, stating if she 
would faithfully follow their in- 
structions that within six months 
everything will be all right with 
her. 

Nellie is waiting and praying, 
with lots of her friends praying 
with her. She says if the grouches 
of Times Square think they have 
an earthly complaint, to come down 
and take a look at her and forget 
them. Miss Revell hasn't seen the 
sun in six months, with the only 
objects visible within her sight 
range from the hospital bed where 
she Is held in her plaster vise are 
two cbromOS and a blank White 

wall 

Miss Revell was stricken with 

an affliction of the spine about 18 

months ago, that gradually weak- 
ened until her spine could not sup- 
port itself. 



Jimmie 
Connelly, 

I. is been 

i. Had; 
1 1 '»ul.!' 



Kansas City, Feb. 9. 

Connelly, of IClxon & 

theatrical photographers, 

stricken with a strange 

is « o using him much 

riic strange disease fust 



GALLO MUST PAY BAKLR 

Bos Angeles. Kcb. 9. 
Charles it. Baker, mancger Qf Ihe 
I Miller, formerly to>*nce represent- 
ative for nine years of the San 
Carlos opera company, received a 
judgement in the Federal Court Ins 

lo. 



Chicago, Foi>. 9. 

A. H. Woods' widely exploited 
smoking room f<»r women in the 
Woods, Chicago, is outdone in a 
leap; and by Woods himself. At 
his new house, the Apollo, Chicago, 
now in construction, he is building 
a smoking room for men and 
women. 

The room will be about 20 by 10 
feet, sumptuously furnished, with 
artistic false windows and the gen- 
eral Character of a "denV En- 
trances will lead to it from 4p>th 
the men's and women's retiring 
rooms, one on each side of this 
main room. 1'atrons will he asked 
not to smoke in the "comfort** 
rooms, but to mingle in the smok- 
ing chamber, where cigarettes Will 
bo provided and a male and female 
attendant will wait on guests. 

How greatly Woods vaiues this 
Idea may be shown by the fact the 
room is just inside the Dearborn 
street wall and could at less ex- 
pense, have been made a store, 
renting for at least $10,000 a year. 
There are to be no stores. Woods 
having turned down in all $15,000 
a year rental for street-floor space. 

The ground on which part of the 
stage alone of the Apollo ia being 
constructed was valued in a recent 
appraisal at $070,000. 



r\ Inch 



v is noticed In one of his fingers, 
which i»»-< ime «tlff. (•isduully his 
hand and arm becrrme affected and 
now ihe srtin.' thing I* happening 
i ;| i»i ■ uilu r ui m. He la confined to 
his room. 



week against Fortune c. 
salary due during i;>i 9 - l*»>. 
Baker originally sued foi 
rentage of profits »f the 
for '18-*J9. This null wan 
him, but In anol her ael on 



NOT MARJ0RIE RAMBEAU 

Star's Name Misplaced in Connec- 
tion With "Eyes of Youth" 

In an article in Variety two weeks 
ago mentioning stars and producers 
Marjorie itambeau was named as 
having headed an "Eyes Of Youth" 
company that played up New York 
Stale. 

The name should have bet n 
Alma Tell, the error falling to the 
writer through Miss flambeau hav- 
ing been so closely identified nilh 
thai A. H. Woods pa<«-. As a mai- 
ler of record, Mini Ramheati only 
appeared With the play :n New Yi.ik 
for its long metropolitan run. 

A request for a correction came 



Albany, N. Y., Feb. I. 

A statement and designation for 
the theatrical enterprises of A. H. 
Woods of Delaware has been filed 
at the Secretary of State's office. 
Martin Herman, the agent, is located 
at :-3C \V. 42d street, New Y/ork. 

The principal offices of the cor- 
poration are at Wilmington, Del. 
A. H. Woods is the president and 
owner of all but two of the 50.000 
shares of stock. 

F. B. Croteau and M. A. Bruce 
of Wilmington are the Other sub- 
scribers. 



Files Petition After Sued by 
"Tattle Tales" Chorus Girls 

Jimmy Hussey, on Tuesday, 
through his attorney, Frederick J. 
Goldsmith, tiled a petition in bank- 
ruptcy, recording debts amounting 
to $11,700. Some of thetfcrrger items 
are: II. Robert Law Scenic Studios. 
$1,300; Loew's, 1m?., $1,000 (money 
loaned in Boston); Archie Gettler, 
and Howard Johnson, $1,500, for roy- 
alties due; Anna Spencer. Inc., $1,300 
for costumes. 

The bankruptcy is the aftermath 
to Hussey's presentation of "Tattle 
Tales," which went on the rocks in 
Boston last year with debts aggre- 
gating between $15,000 and $20,000. 

When the smash came, Hussey 
agreed to pay the entire indebted- 
ness if given time to do so. He 
was proceeding on this basis until 
recently, when he was served with 
17 summonses obtained through- vji* 
instrumentality of the chorus di- 
vision of the Actors' Equity Asso- 
ciation. Hussey claimed there was 
due the chorus but one day's pay 
each, they alleging a full week. At 
their own figures ths gross repre- 
sented in the 17 claims is $600. Hus- 
sey offered to settle for $400, half 
In cash and the remainder with a 
secured note, which was declined. 

According to Attorney Goldsmith, 
ths comedian had no alternative but 
to file a bankruptcy petition, ac- 
companied by an application before 
Judge Hand for a restraining order 
which acts as a writ of protection 
in all states against body execu- 
tions. 

The summonses issued on behalf 
of the chorus people bear stamps 
stating the defendant is subject to 
arresL under the working girls' com- 
pensation act, but as ths Equity 
members claim to be artists re- 
ceiving salary, the question arises 
whether they can invoke the law 
with respect to "wages," 

The Shuberts are to put out "Tat- 
tle Talcs" In conjunction with the 
Contury Promenade show again in 
three weeks and Hussey is rehears- 
ing with the company. 



MISS LORRAINE'S INJURIES 



F*ar She May Be Confined for Long 
While From Accident 

Fear Is entertained by the friends 
Of Lillian Lorraine she will be con- 
fined for a long while as the result 
of her accidental fall Wednesday 
last week. 

Miss Lorraine Is at Sterns'- Sani- 
tarium, under ceaseless observation 
by her physician. That her spine 
may have been Injured or ■ verte- 
brae broken is the possibility the 
doctors will not admit. 

Miss Lorraine in leaving a club 
Otl West 54th Street, tripped on the 
stain and fell to the bottom. She 
was removed to her home, then 
taken to the sanitarium. 



Barry 



REVIVING "EILEEN." 

McCormack Has Cleveland 
Backing. 



"Eileen/' the Victor Herbert mu- 
sical play produced by Joseph 
Weber two seasons ago, is to be re- 
vived. Rehearsals start on Mon- 
day, the piece being scheduled to 
open in Cleveland March 28. It Is 
aimed for Chicago for a summer 
run. 

"Eileen" was on tour about five 
months. The production was de- 
stroyed by Hire about a year ago, In 
Dayton, O. 

Weber will stage the revival with 
Harry McCormack, who Is manag- 
ing director of the attraction. He 
is backed by a group of Cleveland 
business men. 



tin 
to 



ough the Woods 
Miss Kamheau. 



!!! JUS! - : 



•ALEXANDER" PLEASING. 
New Orleans, Feb. I. 
Mclntyre and Heath in "Hello 
Alexander" opened to capacity at 
tae Tulane, With business holding 
tip. Top Is l«.30 and show is pleas- 
ing. 

The Sherman stock at the St. 

Charles (old Orpheum) started this 

. , \ve< k v. ii ii "Civilian C 

lie. H i- era! i-Vitv. and 

• i-e> w • i c effusive. 



PRIMA D- INN A W?DS. 



lothv*. 
the p: 



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resigned 
k cout i returned 



up to the Urcu t.i it i 
from lbs organisation the 
Verdict in ins favor. 



Eleanor li ene r pt -m.i 

onn i ol "The !• '<.!"■ I iid 

Seen Mrs. James w. l/anahy .•><• 
':in. 21, but the fae| dhfnM become 
»."Mi<- un\ II i'rs week, l fer h«i ; - 
. md. former''.- rl - ' dltor of 

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HISL0P ON CONCERT TOUR. 

Joseph Hlslop, tenor, with the 
Chicago Opera, will inaugurate a 
C4 neert tour under the direction of 
William Morris upon the comple- 
tion of the company a engagement 
at the Manhattan, March 6. 



"MARY ROSE" LEAVING 

Speculation 



Over Empire's 
Attraction 



Next 



The next attraction for the Km- 
pire appears to be unsettled though 
it is practically set that "Mary 
Hose" will leave for the road around 
Kaster. The Harrie piece has stead « 
ily declined since the first of the 
year. 

"Blood and Sand." the Blasco 
Ibenez play firs! dctdgned for I-aom-1 
B arrymor e, is now mentioned as a 
candidate. The play has been se- 
lected as a starring vehicle for Ot s 
Skinner. The latter is at present in 
Chicago with "Villa Rose," but it is 
said it has been decided not to bring 
the piece to Broadway. 

Another possibility is the appear- 
ance of John and Ethel Barrymore 
in a play written by the formers 
wife, who was Mrs. Leonard 
Thomas, and who has written verse 
under the name of Aliehuel Strang*-. 
John Barrymore told friends about 
the new play by his wife and slated 
the plans for the dual starring with 
his sister. The piece is called 
"Claire de lame." 

Miss Barrymore is still in Flower 
hospital, but is said to be improv- 
ing from a bad rheumatic atta< U. 
Should she appear with John, the 
tour of "Declasse," which was ex- 
ceptionally b.« on the road until ill- 
ness interrupted the tour, will be 
called off indefinitely. 



o<i 
not. 



"AFGAR" LEAVING DATE 

"Afgar" will leave the Central, 

New York, the first week in April, 
with nothing yet set by the Shu- 
berts to replace ths Comstock ^ 
<:<yt show. 

A pioposai for a few weeks 

the road with 'Afgar'* was 

favorably looked upon by the li 

l)< 'y.-.ia will return to the other sido 

mm 'diatcly upon the show clorfinj;. 

Hifjh V/ard for London. 
|| :. w.u-d, In Now Yov): for 
some timei on bebali of his Aits 
'i : ::in theatrie;» I Interests, win 
make his ne<t stop London on his 
homeward way. 






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•Afgar," Central (14t.li week). Set 
to ma vim il April. Call steady at 
little oVer $14,000. Downstairs 

trade has featured attendance 
since opening, 

••Bad Man," Comedy (23rd week). 
"With several Dtheri this show 
ran); * with the class of the sea- 
son's comedies. Constant virtual 
capacity at $12,000 weekly augurs 
well for worth of property for 
road next season. 
"Broken Wing," 48th St. (10th 
week). Holding up consistently 
at $11,000 weekly with the balance 
of season here practically assured. 
Should have considerable road 
worth also. 
"Cornered," Astor (10th week). 
This drama appears to have set- 
tled down to pace of little over 
$15,000 weekly and should run well 
Into spring. 
"Dear Me," Republic (4th week). 
Pace for third week not quite as 
strong as first two. Box offlqe 
grossed nearly $10,000 last week. 
Management confident show has 
good chance. 
"Deburau," Belasco (8th week). Be- 
lasco achievement certainly fooled 
wise ones, Including several brok- 
ers. Capacity right along at $3 
with nearly $18,000 last week. Had 
It started season it could easily 
have spanned September to May 
period or longer. 
"Emperor Jones," Princess (6th 
week). Tragedy of fear. Call 
surprising with the first week 
here getting $5,000. Another Eu- 
gene ONell play started special 
matinees this week, moving over 
from Times Square, where it was 
playing afternoon performances. 
"Enter Madame," Fulton (26th 
week). Extra matinee has proven 
a good draw and will be continued 
through this month. With that 
extra performance this success 
again beat $16,000. 
"Erminie," Park (6th week). An- 
other two or three weeks; then for 
road, where big money is ex- 
pected. Takings here havj been 
very good but management pre- 
fers touring rather than risking 
long revival try. 
"First Year," Little (17th week). 
Comedy hit with excellent chance 
of running through the summer. 
Getting all the house will hold 
With the weekly gross better 
than $12,500. 
"Gold Diggers," Lyceum (71st week). 
No let up in the capital pace of 
best comedy offered by Belasco in 
years. Hot weather before this 
run will ease up. $11,500 weekly 
wiih regularity; $2.50 top. 
"Good Times," Hippodrome (27th 
week). Big house is traveling 
along at big money pace with the 
takings averaging about the same 
a's last season. Some weeks a 
little under and some over last 
year. Shaded $6.1,000 last week. 
"Greenwich Village Follies," Shu- 
bert (-4th week). While this 
revue has been playing to good 
business?, management figures bet- 
ter takings on road, judged from 
success there of )a*t season's 
"Greenwich Follies," now pointed 
for coast. Leaves in three weeks. 
"Her Family Tree," Lyric (7th 
week). St'.p limit $12,000. Tak- 
ings last week went to $13,400. 
Holidays this month should give it 
a lease of life. 
"Honeydew," Casino (28rd week). 
Going to road after next week. 
Business very good but manage- 
ment claiming better picking! on 
tour. "I'lue Eyes' succeeds 
Feb. 21. Last week "Iionoydew" 
plaved to $17.68075. 
"In the Night Watch," Century (3rd 
week). Imported melodrama get- 
ting heavy support in cut rates; 
but is doing well in all ticket 
agencies. Drew around $16,000 
last week, which permits an even 
break. 
"Irene," Vanderbilt (64th week). 
Road shows standing up to fine 
business and original company 
8tiTl getting a great play. Drew 
$15,700 last week, which means 
standing room. Good until hot 
weather. 
"Ladies' Night," Eltlnge (27th 
week). A. H. Woods' mo>t suc- 
cessful offering in New York this 
season. Drawing around $14,000 
weekly and looks good for all 
season. 
"Lady Billy," Liberty <mh week). 
Looks stronger than ever. Last 
week the gross went ov< r $ La). 000, 
jumping better than $1,600 over 
previous week. Rales with the 
musical leaders. 
"Little Old New York," Plymouth 
(23d week). Little off early in 
week but came back, with mati- 
nees especially big. Continues to 
get around $12,000 weekly. Should 
stick Until May. 
"LightninV Gaiety (126th week). 
Remarkable business of Broad- 
way'! run-record breaker keep 
up, with th© gross varying but 
slightly from week to week. Last 
week with extra matinee, $15 805. 
"Mary," Knickerbocker (17th week). 
Getting $20,000 and better right 
along with the pace rating it first 
followihg the musical smashes 
("Sally" ajid "Tip Top"; also 
"Passing Show"). 



"Mary Rose," Empire (8th week). 
Slipped to around $11,000 last 
week. This house is practically 
sure of getting a new attraction 
around Easter or shortly after- 
wards. 

•Meane.t Man in the World," Hud- 
son (18th week). AVithdfawal of 
Geo. M. Cohan figured to dent 
business. Went off about $1,000 
but has held steady for last two 
weeks around $15,000. 

"Miss Lulu Bett." (Belmont (7th 
week). Business has picked up 
within last month consistently. 
Last week the takings were better 
than $7,000. Looks like this 
comedy would land. 

"Mixed Marriage," 63rd st. (2d 
week). Rather good business for 
this St. John Ervine piece. Irish 
Players added as matinee attrac- 
tion this week offering 'Keeper 
of the Lights." 

"Near Santa Barbara," Greenwich 
Village (2d week). Wllard Mack 
melodrama that has a chance. 
Business picked up steadily 
throughout initial week. 

"Prince and the Pauper," Apollo 
(15th week). Moves over to 
Solwyn Monday making way for 
Lionel Barrymore in "Macbeth." 
The "Prince" show holding to its 
$12,000 pace. 

"Passing Show of 1921," Winter 
Garden (7th week). Strong 
comedy In this revue aiding in 
the strong support by agencies. 
Has a fine chance too with the 
list holding comparatively few 
usicval offerings. Over $30,000 
weekly claimed. 

"Hollo's Wild Oats," Punch and 
Judy (12th week). Attendance 
drawn here indicates continuance 
until warm weather with manage- 
ment predicting a longer stay; 
around $6,000 weekly, nearly all 
house can hold. 

"Rose Girl," Ambassador (1st week). 
New Shubert theatre opens with 
new Shubert musical show "The 
Rose Girl" Friday night Pre- 
miere postponed from Monday 

"Sally," New Amsterdam (8th 
week). Demand marvel of Broad- 
way, getting first call in agencies. 
$32,000 — all house will hold. 
Gross has been quoted at $35,000, 
probably including war tax. 

"Skin Game," Bijou (17th week). 
Should run until after Easter. 
Business holding on to around 

$8,000 weekly. 

"Samson and Delilah," 39th St. (13th 
week). Has shown strength ever 
since it was brought up from the- 
Village. Over $10,000 last week. 

"Spanish Love," Maxlne Elliott 
(27th week). Paee of $11,000 
weekly has been the gait with 
this drama for past month. 
Should make a season's run of it. 
lasting until April or longer. 

"The Bat," Morosco (25th week). 
Season's outstanding mystery 
play.- Playing to better than $18,- 
000 right along for eight per- 
formance weeks. Standing room 
the rule. 

"The Green Goddess/* Booth (4th 
week). Melodramatic smash, 
skillfully produced and played. 
$14,000 last week, capacity hav- 
ing been increased through re- 
arrangement of scale. 

"The Tavern," (Cohan (20th week). 
Return of Arnold Daly reflected 
in jump in takings of over $"»00. 
lifting gross to little over $12,000 
last week. Will run until spring. 

"The Mirage," Times Square (20th 
week). May pick up road route 
laid out for It after Easter but 
safe until then with the paee 
around $11,000. 

"Thy Name in Woman," Playhouse 
(13th week). With extra matinee 
dropped to make way for special 
performances of "The New Moral- 
ity," business last week around 
$8,000. Good profit for this show 
with a cast of four. 

"Tip Top," Globe (19th week). 
Every week like the proceeding 
one. with the house clean at all 
performances and standing room 
evident. Over $27,000. 

"Three Live Ghoste," Bayes (20th 
week). Management figured this 
real hit had it been given chance 
In downstairs house. Is getting 
very good trade in roof theatre 
with over $8,000 weekly and a 
neat profit earned. 

"Tickle Me," Selywn <2»Jlh week). 
Going cut Saturday, opening 
Shubert, Phila., Monday. 'The 
Prince and the Pauper'' moves in 
from Apollo on that date. 

"The Champion," Longacre (6th 
WflCk). 0" n , Of f )>e b^Ljof. the 
new comedies and sure to run ;n:o 
hot weather. Pace around $13,000 
Which at $2.o0 top is not far from 
capacity. 

"Transplanting Jean," Cort (6th 
week). Going out Saturday with 
Philadelphia first road stand. 
Laurette Taylor in revival of 

'Peg O' My Heart," Monday. 

"Wake Up. Jonathan," Henry Miller 
(4th week). Played to $10,600 
last week. A little under pace of 
first three Weeks. Matinees are 
Capacity with $l,i'00 in last Satur- 
day and nearly as much for Wed- 
nesday afternoon. 

"Woman of Bronze," PrS*ee (23d 
week). Management confident 
that run of this drama Will con- 
tinue well Into spring. Good 
figure for house g( $ 11,000 weekly. 



"Welcome Stranger,** Cohan & 
Harris (22d week). Advance sale 

' shows more strength now than 
month ago. Pace still up to big 
money at $16,000 weekly. Claims 
of continuance to hot weather 
made. 

"Way Down East," 44th Street (24th 

"Over the Hill," Broadhurst,* (l»th 

week). 



'THE BAT" BREAKING 
CHICAGO RECORDS 



Auto Show Week Harvest for 
Attractions. 



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NEWS OF THE DAILIES 



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laying down a barrage of milk 
bottles, Chinese drove a company of 
Japanese iilm actors out of China- 
town as part of their New Year's 
celebration in New York. They re- 
sented the fact that Japanese 
actors, garbed as Chinamen, were 
dragging white girls into hallways 
and otherwise mishandling them. 



. declined the madam, s offer %*• 
I bring her live, lions into court sj sj 
show they were not ill-treated. 



Richard Bennett opened in Louis 
K. Anspacher's new play, "The 
House Between," at Baltimore dur- 
ing the week. 



Chicago, Feb. $. 

With the help of Automobile Show 
week and ideal weather the legit 
shows continued to mak.e hay. The 
Princess, harboring "The Bat," 
smashed all records since the house 
opened. This was with the aid of a 
special .natlnee. the total gross run- 
ning up to $22,852 60. 

March will see many new shows 
battling for the windy city dollar. 
New .shows underlined are for 
Powers, Olympic. Colonal, Cort. Ea 
Salle, Illinois, Blackstone and Audi- 
torium. Some advertising the com- 
ing attractions, while others still in 
doubt. 

Estimates for the week: 

"The Son -Daughter" (Powers, 6th 
week), ?30.000. High-water mark 
since show opened. Two more 
weeks. No announcement coming 
attraction. 

"Fanchon and Marco Satires". 
(Olympic. 2d week). $14,000. Show- 
ing speed; dropped about $1,000 un- 
der its first week, getting play from 
the middle class. Thurston to fol- 
low, with rumor "Linger Longer 
Letty" to come in around April and 
try for summer run. 

"Irene" (Garrick, 10th week), $29.- 
032. Still absolute capacity, with 
unbroken line and tremendous ad- 
vance sale. The original contract 
called for 14 weeks, but this no 
doubt will be extended, as it has a 
great chance of running through 
summer. 

"Way Down East" (Woods. Rth 
Week), $17.. r >00. Slipped about $500 
from preceding week. 

"Follies" (Colonial, 7th week), 

(Continued on page 26.) 



Louis Mann will be featured on 
tour in Earl Carroll's "Daddy 
Dumplins," the name of which will 
be changed to "The Pinal Decision" 
on the road. 



Claire Karnes has been succeeded 
in the role of Princess Elizabeth 
in "The Prince and the Pauper." 
by Diana Bourbon, an American 
descendant of the royal house of 
Prance. She, like Miss Eames, is a 
protegee of William Paversham, 
and was discovered by him In Lon- 
don. 



The mother of Leon Platow, who 
idied Christmas Day, left an estate 
of $10,880. His brother. Ralph, has 
been appointed administrator. 



In announcing an Increase in the 
price of its papers from 1 to 2 cents, 
the Buffalo Commercial declared 
"publication costs have been mate- 
rially increased and at this time 
seem to be pegged at their highest 
known altitude for an indefinite 
period."' 



Following his second appearance 
in a Washington theatre, when he 
and his family saw "The Girl in the 
Spotlight," President Wilson let it 
be known he will devote the first 
six months after he leaves office to 
recreation. 



Two performances in Philadelphia 
theatres — Forrest and Garrick — 
netted about $10,000 for the Actors' 
Fund. 



Holding that a packing case was 
no place to park a lion, a New York 
magistrate fined Mmc. Adgies Cas- 
tillo, animal trainer, $25. The court 



INSIDE STUFF 

ON LEGIT 



The 63d Street theatre, known as the 63d Street Music Hall, will retain 
its present name, although when John Cort took it over recently it was 
I planned to call it Daly's theatre. During the spring the house will be 
remodeled and will be open for regular bookings next season. 

The stage will be made of workable size by moving the proscenium 
arch forward. This will eliminate one or two boxes on either side of the 
house. The smallness of the stage has kept this house dark as far as 
legitimate attractions go. 

Tlfc 63d Street seats* 1,154 persons, placing It with many Broadway 
dramatic houses In point of capacity. Enlarging the stage will not ma- 
terially decrease the capacity. "Mixed Marriage," a St. John Ervine 
play, If now being offered there. The Irish Players who were to take the 
house will come in for matinee performances starting this week. 



Elizabeth Marbury comes forward 
with a scheme for reducing the coat 
of play production through efficiency 
methods. She would have all 
scenery, costumes, props and furni- 
ture purchased on a competitive 
bidding basis. 



A net estate of $13,659.98 was left 
by Anson Phelps Pond, author ot 
"Her Atonement" and other plays, 
when he died in January, 1920. 



Closely following announcement 
by Morris Gest of his intention to 
press his $5,000,000 libel suit against 
Henry Ford and his "Dearborn in- 
dependent," a bill was introduced 
for N. Y. Legislature providing for 
amendment of the Libel Law so as 
to permit recovery of damages by 
persons attacked "because of religi- 
ous, racial or political affiliations." 



Fritzi Scheff has filed suit for di- 
vorce from George Anderson, in the 
court at West Haven. Conn. She 
accuses him of intempeia nee and 
"intolerable cruelty." 



In additioa to Francine Larrimore, 
the cast of "Nice People," which 
will open the Klaw Theatre Feb- 
ruary 21, includes Bob Ames, Merle 
Maddern, Frederick Perry, Tallulah 
Bankhead, Hugh Huntley, Katherine 
Connell, Guy Milhan, Ed Henslcy 
and Fred Maynaid. 



Charles Purcell and Lvdia I.upo- 
kova head "The Rose Girl," initial 
attraction at the Ambassador to 
have opened Thursday night. 



• The White Villa," by Edith Ellis, 
and "The Dangerous Ae^." by Karen 
Michaelis, are to be presented by 
the Players Fellowship In conjunc- 
tion with A. H. Woods at the 
Eltlnge at matinees. 



Wilson C. Dexter, artist, ended 
his life by leaping In front of a.n L» 
train at the 33rd street station 
Saturday night, a short time after 
his wife and children had started 
from New York on a vacation. 



An appraiser has been named to 
audit the estate of Johnny White, 
famous referee, who died about a 
year ago. His wife is sole legatee 
of the estate, said to include hold* 
Ings in several theatres. 



Turning aside from play writing 
for a while, Maeterlinck is writing; 
"The Great Secret," a philosophical 
work dealing with occultism and 
spiritualism. 



There is a still further inside angle to the procurement of K. & E. book- 
ing of two Shubert-allied producing firms. The period of unusual pro- 
duction activity and theatrical prosperity following the war led to a 
booking congestion and gradually the booking contractual provisions were 
tightened by the Shubert booking offices. The number of musicians 
stipulated was dropped to four. It was provided that the house share on 
musicians thereafter up to the number of 15, the attraction to pay for all 
over that number without sharing. Furthermore, the number of stage 
hands allowed was lessened, and the payment for others fell mostly upon 
the attraction, as with musicians. 

This really meant the reducing of the usual sharing terms. Tt meant 
and means about 5 per cent, less on a $10,000 gross, the extra expense 
entailed for a musical show being around $500 weekly. Many rmall stand 
managers adopted the same form of contract on both sides of the fence, 
a.nd that made the one nighters as tough as possible to play. 

But while all contracts read the same the big firms were given a private 
understanding and the old contract provisions operated. Often company 
managers for such attractions had to wire New York, and the house 
management finally "officially" informed on the matter. But to the new- 
coriers the added burden was accepted as being uniform for everybody, 
and It -s one reason why so many shows have crashed on the rocks. 

It seems lately that some of the producers on the inside found it harder 
to recall to the booking office the fact that the "tough" clauses in the 
contracts didn't go for them. In at least two eases these firms declared j 
themselves independents, free to seek time wherever they wished. That, 
however, was not the first time either firm so declared, it is claimed 
the K. & E. booking provisions have not changed with the regulation 15 
or 16 musicians applying for musical attractions and sharing thereafter, 
wi i similar arrangements on stage bands. 



David Belasco will be the guest 
of honor at a dinner to be given 
February 20 by the Society of 
American Dramatists and Com- 
posers at the Bitz. 



Gersten Sirota, cantor of the Mos- 
cow Synagogue, has arriva d In New 
York, whence he will start on a 
three months' concert tour. 



"Show Me," a three- act comedy 
by Sidney Toler, was a hit at the 
Friars' Frolic. 



Brooklyn is to be used as the try* 
out ground for "Cognac." 



Flo Ziegfeld has* signed Joha 

Clarke, English tenor, for a new 

production. He sang in "Monsieur 
Beaucaire." 



Silvio Hein has been a victim of 
"sleeping sickness' at his home in 
Connecticut, but is recovering. 
There have been a number of d< atbs 
in New York and In Europe recently 
from the disease. 

A flareback from the divorce ac- 
tion, which resulted in the separa- 
tion of Blossom See ley and Bubo 
Marquard, hit the Bubo this week 
when Joseph Bosenzwuig, his law- 
yer in the case, got a judgement for 
$300 against him for services 
rendered during the action. 



A general order to all bouse managers in New York and out was sent 
oik by the Shuherts late last week, providing for the payment of all house 
e tpJofHM by chock, it was reported (he new ruin followed the dis/covery 
of alleged padding of payrolls. This explains the dismissal of several 
managers of out-of-town houses by the Shuberts last week. No New 
York manager was implicated. One ot the men let out was on the Job 
for at least six years. 

Vhe payment by check plan is supposed to be a means of keeping tabs 
on every individual on the house payroll. The house manager may per- 
mit the checks to be cashed at the box office upon Indorsenu nt. In which 
case the checks need not go through the bank. If deposited, however, 
the system calls for having double the amount of the payroll available, 
and in any event, Where the box office cashes, the pay clocks, it calls 
tor a considerable amount to be kept in the box office. 

The unions may have a say In the pay check plan where the box office 
docs not cash the checks. Tin- idea was tried once before and it hap- 
pened frequently that men could not gel tho cash until Monday. A pro- 
test to the union resulted in a ruling that where the checks could not be 
cashed until Monday the bolder Was entitled to an extra day's pay. 
Saloons were open when the pay check scheme was effective first, and 

(.Continued on page 26.) 



From Eondon comes a d< nial that 
Peggy O'Neill, star of "Baddy, the 
Next Best Thing," is engaged to 
marry Frank Moran. The denial is 
taken as authentic, because Miss 
O'Neill wrote it herself. 



Answering her writer husband's 
declaration that she posed for "tho 
artist's sake," Mrs. Lawrence Gil- 
christ, a sculptor's model, who is 
suing for divorce in Chicago, con- 



tends she posed fof "art's sake 
One""pafn!'iftg, nf"T *he W«ts ?*•< 

model, "The Lady VVith the Scarlet 
Van," shows the fan as her entlro 
wardrobe. 



Mile, Paulmy and Mile. Bcnee 
Gaud in, two popular actresses of 
Purls, have been robtw tl of large 
sums of money and Jewels by "* 
mysterious monocled" gentleman, 
for whom the police are necking. 
An ex-army captain Is under arrest 
and is said to have confessed steal- 
ing Jewels valued at more than 100,- 
000 francs from Mile. Gaudin. 



Charles Vidor, a young Hungarian 
actor who tried to create a Hungar- 
ian national theatre In New Vork, 
ended his lifo by Inhaling gas In 

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THEATRE BUILDING PROGRAM 
WILL ELIMINATE HOUSE REMALS 



HOPE AGAIN RAISED 
ON RATE DECREASE 



Penn.Wants to Restore Former 
3-Cent-a-Mile Rate. 



ShuberU Invest $1,500,000 in New Theatre Sites- 
Lenten Season On With Managers Optimistic 
Matinees 9 Heavy Draw Continues — "Deburau" 
Now Leads Dramas. 



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The elasticity of Broadway*! legiti- 
mate theatre limit is a matter of 
opinion between managers. Some 
are certain in conviction that the 
present supply has already sent the 
list "overboard" and that house 
rentals will be a thing of the past, 
with theatres seeking attraction" 
rather than the reverse, which is 
now true. There are, however, >-ev- 
»eral .big managers constantly dig- 
ging out sites for theatre* The 
Bhubertfl have invested recently tiu> 

sum of $i,r>oo,ooo In property alone 

The sum mentioned is said to be 
an actual outlay and if it secures 
long tern ground leases or is used 
in conjunction Willi mortgages, it 
means that the Khuberts' building 
program plans the building of an- 
other group of theatres. 

''Variety" predicted recently that 
Broadway would eventually double 
the present number of theatres used 
for legitimate attractions. The pre- 
diction wax based on the opinion of 
one of the smartest producers in 
theatricals and his idea was tint 10U 
thatres would l»e finally attained. 
Activity in planning new houses 
makes the prediction hold good. 

The Bhtlbertl are dotting the up- 
per Forties with their M w theatres, 
preferring sites west of 1*. road way. 
It is likely some of the new houses 
will reach into the lower Fifties with 
the Wilder Garden being in the cen- 
ter of the building radius. 

Broadway's season swung into the 
I.enten period this week, with less 
comment than ever. Ash Wednes- 
day matinees were not big. They 
never are, but Lent has little affect- 
ed the box otllces In the past two or 
three seasons, and the Influence of 
the period r.ppears to have steadily 
declined. Showmen reiterate the 
opinion that Lent will only hurt the 
failures and that the successes will 
continue the pace established In Jan- 
uary. 

Big matinee business is .still a 
feature of Broadway's business. No 
one explains it. but the fact remains 
that since the holidays afternoon 
performance* have enjoyed excellent 
patronage. Saturday ma'tinets have 
been especially strong and many 
HhOWl have gone "clean." or nearly 
so. Evidence of the afternoon draw 
:s the continuance of a number of 
special matinee attractions and th>> 
extra matinees inserted by lime or 
four regular attractions. The latter 
planned them for January but have 
extended the extra performances in- 
definitely. 

Lincoln's Birthday this week and 
Washington's Birthday close by arc 
expected to find big audiences. A 
bad break occurs with the first- 



ANTI-SPEC. BILL UP 
TO MILLER THIS WEEK 

Expect Measure to Check 
Ballyhoo to Pass in Few Days 

Albany. Feb. 9. 
It is expected that legislation to 
curb ticket speculators, especially 
the doorway bally -boo kind, will 
have passed both Assembly and 
Senate before the end of the week 
and be in the hands of (Governor 
Miller for bis signature. 

The Assembly Codes Committee 
yesterday reported out the Smith 
"Rally -hoo Bill," to stop ticket 
Speculators from "barking" from 
doorways to dispose of tickets. 
The Walton bill, which passed the 
Senate last week, will be substi- 
tuted for the Smith measure, and it 
is practically certain it will be 
passed without delay. 

The bill is an amendment to the 
general business law and makes it 
a misdemeanor *o cry out for sale 
for any performance or offer them. 
for sale by word of mouth. 

The Important portion of the text 
reads: 

Any person who . . . solicits 
on or in any street by words, 
signs, circulars or other means 
any person to purchase . . . such 
ticket or other evidence of the 
right of entry; or 

In »r from any building. Store, 
shop, booth, yard, garden, or 
in or from any opening, win 
(low, ball, door, hallway, cor- 
ridor, or in or from any place 
of ingress or egress to or from 
any building, place of business, 
store, etc., holds out or offers 
for sale to any persons on or 
in the street by word of mouth, 
crying, calling, shouting or by 
other means, that such ticket 
of the right of entry may be 
purchased in such building, 
etc.. is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
This act will take effect imme- 
diately. 



Hope of a reduction in railroad 
rates has been revived again 
withip the last week following the 
statement of W. \V. Atterbury, vice- 
president of the P. It. R., asking 
for a downward revision of rail 
workers' wage scales, that the 
roud* may place the rates back on 
the three cents a mile basis. Mr. 
Atterbury came out with his pica 
in Chicago, saying it was the only 
way out for the roads. During the 
war Mr. Atterbury was placed in 
charge of the English government- 
owned railways, and he is considered 
one of the most powerful men in the 
transportation world. 

Advices from railroad men in Chi- 
cago this week conveyed the im- 
perative need of a reduction in 
rates on long Jumps, and it is be- 
lieved whatever reduction will fol- 
low will lirst apply to coast trips. 
It is said coast and tourist traihV 
has been "shot" this winter, the 
blame resting on the high charges. 
The price ot a ticket to the coast 
now cost*. $120.55. A lower berth 
costs $4. r > additional! which make 
the trip cost twice as much as for- 
merly J 

President Wilson refused to inter- 
fere with the workings of the Rail- 
road. Board, which has charge of 
the wage awards, when the Atter- 
bury representations were pre- 
sented to him. J.aber circles have 
made no sign since the publication. 
I readjustment is only a question of 
time the rail men predict. It is 
claimed that working conditions 
permit three men doing the work 
that was formerly Accomplished by 
one. 

Any move for labor adjustment 
will occur after President Harding 
is inaugurated, it is thought. 



BLANEYS' STOCK CAST 

The P.laneys in taking over the 

Steinway, Astoria. I.. I. for stock 

starting Monday last have a dual 

I purpose. Not only regular s «», l< 

I offerings will be riven but a number 

of new plays will be tried out. 

The opening play at the Steinway 

is ''The Rat," all week. The lead 

is Bthel Valentine. Others in the 

cast are: Allen Ramsey, Augusta 

Gill, Nancy Lee, Clara liters. Lester 

Howard, Frederic Ormond ami 

ted ward Pay liter. 

Charles B, Hlaney. Jr. Is th.- com- 
pany manager; Sam Godfrey is 
director and Ramsey is the stage 
manager 



ACADEMY, BALTIMORE, 
BOUGHT BY SHUBERTS 

Possession Sept. 1, 1923— 
$24,000 Annually for 6 Years. 



The deal 
academy to 
closed and 



HENRY B. WALTHALL'S 
PLAY GIVEN NEW TITLE 



After 10 Years— Going South 



Baltimore, Feb. 9. 
for the aa le of the 

the Bhuberts has been 

under the combined 

agreement of the lease and sale the 
lease is for six years, to commence 
September 1, 1923. and expire in 
September. 1929. The rental speci- 
fied is 124.000 a year. Additional to 
this exaction is the sum of $50,000, 
paid in cash on the execution of the 
paperi and which is "for the execu- 
tion of the papers." The price to be 
paid for the property upon expira- 
tion of the lease is $;,00,000. In al- 

Picture Star Back en Stage meet every respect the mwmm« 

r . .. ! ment with the Shuberts is identical 

in phraseology with the agree. nent 
with the present tenants, the Nixon 



Kansas City. Feb. 9. 

Commencing with the current 
Minneapolis engagement the title of 
the play presented by Henry 1:. 
Walthall «fc Co. will be changed from 
"Would You?" to "Taken In." The 
play, a 
Bashford, 
Walthall 



& Zimmerman Company, except that 
wider choice of theatrical attraction 
is permitted. The Shul>erts are per* 
mitted under the agreement to offer 
Vaudeville or picture attractions 
with the stipulation that these at- 



comedy drama b.> Herbert j tractions are to be "llrat-class only" 

was first presented by j and that only Hiich plays may be 

Portland some weeks', presented "as to constitute and keep 



in 

ago, but the original title of "Would 
Vou?" failed to appeal to the peo- 
ple, in fact teemed too broad farce 

or musical comedy. 

This la Mr. Walthall's first season 
on the stage in ten years, his last 

engagement being with Henry Mil- 
ler in .London. The show, which 
has been playing th* coast cities, is 
now working towards the South, 
where Walthall has a gre.it follow- 
ing. Birmingham, Ala., being li'e 

home. 

MOTOR TRUCK JUMPS. 

Al. Trahern's Stock on Coast, Play- 
ing Two- Nights. 



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SWEETHEART" DECISION 



'FOOLS" 

Golden's 



IN LOS ANGELES 

$27,000 in 



Play Will Do 
Two Weeks. 



l.os Angeles, Fob. 9. 

Th > John c.oi. leu production, 

"ThrCe Wise Fools," is in its second 
M >?k at the Mason opera house, with 
the indications pointing to the at- 
traction getting hetween S'-'T.OOO and 



named holiday which falls this Sat- jjK.ooti on the two week*. Originally 
unlay. That was true of Christmas 
and New Years, and while the usual 
extra performances Were nOt in- 
serted then, it was figured that the 
shews drew the volume ot business 
which WOUld have come their way. 
it happeni this year that both Lin- 
coln*! and Washington's Birthday 

(Continued on page 3J » 

SHORT SKIRTS SHOCK LEE 



Shubert Tells the World Me' Is for 
Modest Attire. 
The New York.' ■World"' gathered 
a symposium ot opinions a few days 
ago on what has been charged ;«s 
I. ix standards of convention in dress 

by women. 

i.i-e shubert was* Invited to give 
his views, Listen! 

• t be.hj yv a -• asop of m uth- 

ftifl and less paint would work fur 
the betterment of social conditions. 

"I agree entirely with those per- 

sons who have warned that sorrow, 

and chaos might H'siiH it another; 

year of disregard of social ctwveni 
lion in women's dress were to come. 
'Mora! conditions to. l.i j are ;" •' 
i rltii ..l stage. We rie -l common « 

sen* -.'. 1 onl.\ h'.o.' for Ihe il i> * v I • 

t mi. m.'i ji possihu i o i irninii 

tie- il'a phaiiou- and ill- 1 !l " : 

•^i»\>. :r \\ urn ou Ihi ntng**. 

• S|m i King .1 i fa'm ' • map i « 
i n lake kUIcs With Ihosi alf" lire , 
a I ling to .1 iio a our girls to an \ 
Shout iti ihi - cold iveal her in thin • I i 



the comedy was hooked for a single 
week, but in view of the business 
the Show has heen doing all along 
the coast the local hooking was ex- 
tended. 

Tia' opening here January 31 was 
not strong, but the show built up bo 

thai by Wednesday matinee it was 

practically a sell out. On the way 

in from Frisco the company played 
Fresno for a single performance. 
getting in there at 8:40 in the after- 
noon and out at 11 :20, and taking a 
gross of $2,540. No other stands 
will he played In California after the 
i.os Angeles date, the company 
starting for the east over the Sail 
Fake route. 



CHICAGO WANTS SCHAEFER 
Ml Vernon, N. Y . Feb. !>. 

■Oharh s /. S-F i for f '" merlar 
manager of the Little Playhouse 
here, who absconded dan. 9, with 
ftboul I&.0U0, is also being sought by 
i ix- Chicago |K)llce for a ! 
bey.zlement, according to 



U. 8. Court Declares Partnership 
Agreement Exists Between Writers 



In a decision handed down this 
week, the United States Circuit 
Court of Appeals at New York af- 
firmed a decision by the District 
Court which held that Fred 1 >e 
Qresac-Maurel, a woman writer, is 
entitled to share equally in the 
dramatic. picture and operatic 
profits of "Sweetheart." the opera 
presented in New York in . ar h, 
1013. with Christie McDonald as the 
star. Harry B. and Robert p. Si ■ th 
were the defendant s-appdlants. 

A summary of the case showed 
that Miss De Orasar, now Mrs 
Maurel, was the author of th rt origi- 
nal scenario on which the opera was 
built, and that she contracted h 
Werba & Luescher to dt liver it 
to them in October. 1912 loiter 
Henry Llossom was engaged as col- 
laborator on the book, but was un- 
able to perform the work and Harry 
];. Smith was substitute I, the stip- 
ulation being made that Miss 1 >e 
Ore sac was. to retail her rights i 
the author of the original story. 

Subsequently. it was alleged, 
Smith had his brother brought In to 
writ*' the lyrics and all three were 
to share e ually in the literary 
profits of the opera. The score 
was the work of Victor Herb-rt. 
Certain foreign rights to the opera 
were controlled by the composer and 
the writers, and an agreement was 
made that on hese Herbert should 
reeelve 60 per cent of the proceeds, 
Miss !>♦» Cresae *J5 pot c-nt. and the 
Smith F.rothers 25 per cent . between 
them. 

Harry B. Smith had 
copyrighted In his own 
lat»r. Itobert Smith coni 
O. Sehirmer. Inc.. for 
of the vocal numbers 
score. 

The court held that 
Smith, by canyij^i«un< 
nam 



Los Angeles. Feb. 0. 
The question of one-night- stano 
transportation seems to have been 
■dived here by Al. Trahern. who is 
opt rating his "circuit stock com- 
pany" down In Orange County. 

which lies about half way between 
Los Angeles and San Diego, using 
motor trucks as his medium «>f 
making fhe towns. 

Traherir has been operatlnfi on 
Long Island, ih the Fast, during 
Several summers past, making the 

jumps then by rail. Ile're ihe com* 
,>nn\. which numbers I."., makes its 
headquarters al Anaheim, playing 
that town two nights each week. 
FOr the balance of the wi ■' U they 

play La llahra, Santa Ami, Corona, 
SV hit tier and Orange. Oil the five 
nights ihe company plays away 

from the home town, the sc« in r> 

is transported on a speed truck and 
trailer, the longest Jump being to 
Corona, it taking an hour and a 
half to make th' tOWU. 



it at all times a theatre of the first 
class." 

The deal was not consummated 
without vigorous objection from 
Nixon & Zimmerman, who claimed 
that they should have been given 
first opportunity to buy as tenants. 
They appealed to a committee of 
stockholders to rescind the action 
before the papers were signed. But 
the stockholders had voted so over- 
whelmingly in favor of the Shubert 
transaction no change was possible. 

The Shuberts have been trying to 
ouy the Academy since 1907. but bad 
met no response from the locat 
owners until 1920. 



ASBURY'S LEGIT HOUSE 

Anbury Park, N. J., Feb. 9. 
PiCade's Main Street theatre, 
now Hearing completion and built 

by .Walter Keado, will i lay legiti- 
mate attractions. Keade's Savoy 
lure will play pictures when tha 
new house opens. 

Walter Keade also has a theatre 
huilding at New Itrunswiek, N. J., 
and another replacing the Taylor 
Opera House, at Trenton. N. J. 



VERNON KELSO BANKRUPT 
Vernon Kelso has filed a volun- 
tary petition in bankrupt* •>. sched- 
uling liabilities of f l.Koi with no as- 
sets. Three creditors are named, 

the chief claimant being An; Av- 
erys. for $1,661. The other-, are 
Nicholas Imandt, $i">°: Iteberl 

Hose, i, $100. 



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McGREGOR'S NEW ONE. 

Edgar McGregor is sponsoring a 

new production, 'The .\iisht Ifojiey- 
moon .'• Rehearsals start Monday. 
There will be 14 people In tin- 
cast, s-ix principals and eight girls. 
Bach of the latter In to have a small 
hit 

SHOWS CLOSING 

will tlosi Mat eh ■'. 






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■..•/./dement. Tin - ■ ■ •<<- 
. ., • t \,\ . • io-.i-; . •' !i • 

tb<- local .mi hoi i' • • ■ ' ' : 

operated elsewhere. 

•i grand pita- at Whit.- P - 
week i et urm <1 ■• i '•• i^hienl 
| .il: \::\< Sell • Cei foi - ' 



oWner of it, but was trustee for the 
other writers, Miss 1>" Gresac and 
Koherl Smith; also, It u i.s held, 
MiM^ De Oresac wis entitled to heT 
■hit re of the profits of the publish* il 

V o I I . -• . 

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1 .,. ( fresa c ••'■• , Ihlrd lut* • in 

\ , Khta the Sm .i'h I ••' ' 

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\ ,. •-.; i lerbert, un«1 • " de« 
ela i il • i one .third oa ner m 

.,i e rights th--.. m i . ha\ • In 
tin *>: ei a. It was furt.hei d< 
tin- i^ l ».• Gresac Is en led to _ 
^n account iag from riobert Kmlth { 



' |- 'mi odo. .i 

in (Mi lea go 

•Cifiderella Oil MroOdWUj 

March 5. at HufTalo 

•Not Bo Long A mi i eb i ■• si 
Brooklyn. 

Combinations m Prospect. 

( '• • Hid J'eO^'.' 

I'opubtr pii' < d « oud. mat ioi -, on 
the style of lh< ' hh " - 1 ' bhow. will 
.! M ,i to pl»: the Prospect, the house 
owned by the Keith int. tests, 

! oiding to t his policy for the i <-- 
,,,. rider Of tin senson. 

.- ,., I closed I In i • 111 ' lVc< 



MARY YOUNGS 4 'J0AN. ,, 

Mary Young, last in New fork in 
'The Outrageous Mrs. rahner," is 
planning "Joan D'Arc" with herself 
US ".han." During her war service' 

abroad her youngest boy was 
killed ambulance-driving at Verdun 
tin- actress spent much time in 
and abOUl the Joan Country, famil- 
iarizing herself with the color of the 
period, and in her researches en- 
countering descendants of the Joan 
family. The heroine of French his- 
tory was a small bodied woman, not 
the dnno sometimes given on the 
tit age as a replica* 

The present plan Is to be ready 
for iio- essay Immediately afier 
Lent. 



McCORMICKS STOCKS OFF 

The intention of I'.airy McC'orniiek 
to open three houses for stock, in 
close proximity to New York, has 
fallen through. 

The theatres were founu t bo 
tied up i»y picture contracts. 

MISS SEGAL LOSES NO TIME 
Viven s ; has been engaged 

for The Tangerine/' opening at At- 
lantic City Feb. 21. Miss Segal whs 
to have been starred in "Three 
Kisses," for Which rehearsals came 
to an unexpected endln^last week. 



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Bobby Gate Freed. 
Frances llollingsworth (profeS« 
ilonally known as Bobby (lale). 
now with CounnlhfcM Sc Bhannon's 

Way Down Kust." was gran»« A >*n 
mtei !o( iiirr v decree of divorce from 
llarry llollingsworth in New Voik 
last w < e! 

Alan CraWfOrd was narncj ],\ 

plaint iff as co-r< nondent. 



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Second Klaw Corporation 

Albany, N. v.. Feu. P. 
Vi Klaw company has i>< en 

in orpoi •!. d with the Secretary of 
'i he K law Theatre < lorpo.i n - 
on i . i he name of tin lat on< 
1 1 ha .. < i pital slock of II ,•">''. and 
begins business with $-~<00. .Marc, 
l .lfiHCph and Alonso Klaw ar< t'ie 
din, lot. ♦. oui<«s of the company 
J uc at 1451 UroaUsa^. 



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LEGITIMATE 



Friday, February 11, 1921 



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